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Georgia Southern stunned by No. 5 seed UNCG

Georgia Southern stunned by No. 5 seed UNCG

Georgia Southern stunned by No. 5 seed UNCG

The UNC Greensboro Spartans celebrate...


    GREENSBORO, N.C. —Georgia Southern’s drive for a third-straight Southern Conference softball tournament championship came to an end on Friday afternoon with an 11-2 loss to UNC Greensboro. A five-run second inning opened the door for the loss which eliminated the top-seeded Eagles from the tournament.
    It was the second loss of the day for the Eagles to UNC Greensboro. Georgia Southern fell 2-1 earlier in the day to the Spartans
    After starting pitcher Sarah Purvis worked out of a jam in the first, UNCG was able to touch the senior up for three runs in the second inning before the senior was lifted in favor of Brooke Red out of the bullpen. Tory Wright hit the three-run job to right as the Eagles allowed their first long-ball of the game.
    Two more runs crossed later in the inning on Red’s account as the Spartans posted five hits in the second to go up 5-1. The Eagles never recovered.
    Purvis (20-13)  matched a season-high with 13 strikeouts in the first game. Purvis was charged with just one earned run and gave up just three hits in the game.
    She has also captured the Georgia Southern single season and career strikeout records with 288 and 757 strikeouts, respectively. She opened the 2014 SoCon Tournament with her sixth career no-hitter which ranks her tied for 12th in the NCAA Division I career records chart. She also has three career perfect games which ranks tied for 11th on the NCAA list.
    The Eagles close the season at 35-21 while UNCG advances to the title game against Chattanooga.
    The loss also ends the careers of Georgia Southern’s seven seniors. Four members of the senior class will graduate on Monday in a special commencement ceremony.

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