Spring break had its ups and downs

Katie Tolbert

Spring break called for road games, home games, conference matchups and non-conference matchups for the

Mercer Upsets

While one Mercer University team upsets almost every March Madness bracket, their softball team also upset the Eagles by defeating them twice in a doubleheader. Mercer took the early lead in the first game scoring four runs in the first two innings. The Eagles slowly crept their way back in the game, but was only able to earn three runs, losing 3-4 to the Bears.

That first game was a warm up for the Bears, as they came back out in the second game taking the early lead again. The Eagles managed to capitalize on a few Mercer errors and Thomas earned another home run, earning three runs collectively. From this point on, the Bears showed no mercy increasing their lead to 11-4 and sweeping the doubleheader.

Conference Series Sweep for Eagles

The Eagles felt a new burst of energy coming back to Statesboro to play Elon University after their long road swing. Once again, Thomas started the game swinging earning another three-run home run. Elon was able to post three runs on the scoreboard, but the Eagles were not going to let another game get away from their control. The Eagles produced behind the plate winning 7-3, but senior pitcher Sarah Purvis excelled in the circle allowing only three hits and earning 12 strikeouts.

The second game was a little closer matchup for the Eagles; this game was the first time this season that the Eagles had to play extra innings. Every time GSU scored, Elon responded right back. At the end of regulation play, the game was tied at 4-4, until Robinson hit a double to right center to drive in a runner to take the 5-4 victory.

The Eagles were more than ready to finish up this series, along with their spring break play. GSU came out earning nine runs over the course of the game, and only allowed Elon to score one. This victory was the perfect celebration for Purvis who pitched four innings during this game, which also happened to be her 22nd birthday.

The Eagles will continue their play tomorrow against the University of Georgia in Athens at 6 p.m.