Eagles travel back to Sunshine State

Photo By: Jessica Stanfeild

Katie Tolbert

 

Georgia Southern University’s softball team will be playing in the 2013 Citrus Classic this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Eagles are coming off of a 3-2 weekend on the road against some tough teams.

Junior pitcher Sarah Purvis is also coming off of a perfectly pitched game against Southern Illinois University. This momentum and experience playing highly ranked teams will be crucial for the Eagles this weekend when they face off against the Boston University Terriers twice and the University of Wisconsin Badgers three times.

Boston University has not played any games so far this season; therefore, this tournament will be its season opener.

In the pre-season, BU, the current America East champion, was chosen to be the leader of the league again for the fourth time in a row. Both teams are very statistically strong, but GSU has the advantage of already playing several games home and away this season.

GSU is opening up the weekend playing the Terriers, so the Eagles need to take advantage of the fact that this will be BU’s first game of the season.

The Eagles will face the Badgers three times this weekend, early on in the weekend and at the very end.

Wisconsin, like the Eagles, has some experience this season going 4-1 in the First Pitch Classic.

This season, the Eagles and the Badgers have had some similar moments. Purvis has won Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week twice this season, while junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah for Wisconsin has received the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award this season.

Also, GSU’s junior infielder Kourtny Thomas had a big game in her opening weekend in which she hit a three-run homerun. In Wisconsin’s opening weekend, its junior outfielder, Mary Massei, also received a three-run homerun.

The Eagles will play on Friday and Saturday against BU and the UW and on Sunday against the UW once again.