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No. 9 Tennessee sweeps GSU in softball doubleheader

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia Southern’s five-game softball winning streak ended Tuesday as the Eagles dropped a doubleheader at No. 9 Tennessee at Lee Stadium.
    Tennessee took the opener, 7-0. In the second game, the Lady Vols posted a seven-run third inning for a 9-0 victory.
    “Tennessee is a very talented team,” GSU head coach Annie Smith. “I feel like we played with them well today, but they took advantage of a few of our mistakes and that really cost us today. We’re going to regroup and take on Mercer tomorrow.”
    In the opener, GSU kept the Lady Vols off the scoreboard for the first two frames before Lauren Gibson hit a two-run home run to centerfield, handing Tennessee a 2-0 lead. The Lady Vols added another run in the fifth off a sacrifice fly to go up 3-0.
    GSU starting pitcher Sarah Purvis held the Lady Vols to just four hits over the first five innings before Tennessee exploded for four runs off four hits in the sixth frame as the sophomore was chased from the game. Freshman Marla Thompson entered in relief and recorded the final out of the sixth inning.
    The Eagles were held to just two hits in the opener off the bats of seniors Hanna Ennis and Mackenzie Williams.
    In the nightcap, GSU's Allie Miles took a no-hitter into the third inning before the Lady Vols logged seven runs off four hits in the inning. Miles left the game with one out in the frame, as Tennessee posted the big inning to go up 7-0. Tennessee added two more runs in the fifth inning for a 9-0 victory.
    GSU posted three hits, led by Shelby Morrill’s double in the fourth inning.
    The Eagles will play a doubleheader against Mercer at 4 p.m. today in Macon.