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Local Roundup: Former SHS pitcher gets 1st college win
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Photo courtesy Georgia Regents athletics

    AUGUSTA — Tyler Brown, a freshman at Georgia Regents and former Statesboro Blue Devil, threw six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits as the Jaguars knocked off visiting Paine 9-2 on Tuesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
    Brown didn't allow a walk and struck out four.
    Georgia Regents coach Jason Eller told the Augusta Chronicle that Brown's fastball looked like it did during fall ball, with more movement and zip.
    “It just didn’t have the same life as the fastball had in the fall,” Eller said to the Chronicle. “All of a sudden, he comes out tonight and it’s very firm. I was very impressed. It’s nice to pick him back up and count on him.”

Purvis throws 3rd career perfect game
    KENNESAW — Georgia Southern pitcher Sarah Purvis delivered another dominant performance on Wednesday as she silenced Kennesaw State in a perfect game victory, 2-0. It was her third career perfect game and the fifth no-hitter in her career, overall. The right-handed hurler tossed her second no-hitter in a five day span.
    “It was a fun game to be a part of,” GSU coach Annie Smith. “Sarah’s performance was nothing less than perfect. We had great defense and got some great hits in the second inning to score some runs.”
    Purvis fanned nine batters on the day and extended her scoreless streak to 29-straight innings which ranks as the third-longest streak in school history.
    Purvis is now 7-2 on the season with a 0.70 ERA. Her three career perfect games rank her 11th in NCAA history for career perfect games.

Knight named All-SoCon
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. —Georgia Southern guard Anna Claire Knight has been named All-Southern Conference by both the league’s coaches and the sports media association, it was announced Wednesday.
    Knight was named all-conference by the league’s coaches, who select one team of 10 players. She was named second-team All-SoCon by the sports media association, which picks two, five-player teams. Knight is the first Eagle to be named to the SoCon postseason all-conference team since 2008, when Shawnda Atwood and Tiffany Brown earned the accolade.
    Knight ranked third in the league in scoring with 15.8 points a game and added 4.8 rebounds and two assists a contest. The junior scored in double figures in 25 contests and tallied the program’s first triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Samford Jan. 6.

GSU game at C of C rained out
    The baseball contest between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the College of Charleston Cougars in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. today has been canceled due to steady rain in the area.
    No make up date has been announced.
    Georgia Southern returns to action this weekend against Holy Cross. The Eagles will host the Crusaders for four games starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
    The series was originally scheduled for three games but another was added for both teams to try to make up previous rain outs.

SEB tops Lady Gamecocks
    SYLVANIA — The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets won 3-1 on the road Wednesday at Screven County.
    The teams played to a scoreless tie at halftime, but SEB (3-2) got second-half goals from Marissa Mobley, Stacy Elliot and Cole Robertson.
    Tara Thompson found the net for the Gamecocks, and SCHS keeper Whitney Gay recorded 17 saves.
    Screven returns to action at Josey on Friday, and SEB travels to Wayne County on Friday.

Screven wins fifth straight
    SYLVANIA — Screven County notched its fisth win in a row, defeating Swainsboro 8-3 on Wednesday at home.
    Screven (5-1) was led at the plate by Aaron Brower, Justin Hodges, Brandon Whatley and Tyler Dixon, who each had two hits. Whatley drove in a pair of runs.
    Carl Heindel tossed a complete-game one hitter and struck out 13 Tigers.
    East Laurens visits Screven county on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Region 3-AA opener.

SHS has good day at home meet
    Statesboro’s track and field squads turned in another good showing Wednesday night at Womack Field.
    The girls won the six-team meet while the boys came in second.
    “It was a tough night to be out there,” SHS coach Jacob Collins said. “It was cold and windy, but I thought our guys and girls did a great job of building on their times and distances.”
    Genevieve Okafor notched a first place finish in three events. Okafor ran the 400 meters in 1:01, hit the 15’9” mark in the long jump, and helped the 4x400 relay squad post a winning time of 4:35. Alexis Hunter won the high jump with a leap of 4-feet, 7-inches and won the triple jump with a 31-foot, 6-inch showing. Jaslyn Joseph claimed both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles with times of 16.96 and 49.59 seconds, respectively.
    On the boys side, Nash Davis won the mile run with a time of 5:04. Xavier Fennell won the 800-meters with a time of 2:11 and he combined with Demetrius Davis, Andreas Ward, and Octavian Canty to win the 4x400 relay.

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