Citrus Classic challenges Eagles

Photo by: Demario Cullars

Katie Tolbert

At the 2013 Citrus Classic, Georgia Southern University’s softball team struggled against the Boston University Terriers and the University of Wisconsin Badgers finishing 1-4.

Both Friday and Saturday, the Eagles faced BU first, then the Badgers second.

GSU’s first game was very slow, having both teams not score one run until the seventh inning. With the score tied at one-to-one, the game went into the eighth inning, in which the Terriers got a run to win the game 2-1.

The Eagles’ second game started slow as well, until the sixth inning when the Badgers came out swinging and got three runs, ending junior pitcher Sarah Purvis’s outing on the mound. These three runs won the game for the Badgers, 3-0.

After two losses, the Eagles had to replay the exact same schedule, but the outcome did not turn out with the same results.

Facing the Terriers first, GSU showed no mercy at bat whatsoever. In the fourth inning, the Eagles posted nine runs: one solo homerun by junior infielder Kourtny Thomas, two runs from senior outfielder Alexa Lewis’s RBI double, two runs from freshman A.J. Hamilton’s RBI double, two runs from junior infielder/outfielder Shelby Morrill’s single, an RBI single by Hamilton and an RBI single by freshman infielder/outfielder Lindsey Wilcox. The Terriers managed to get one run in the top of the fifth, but with the score at 9-1, the umpire called the game a victory for the Eagles.

This momentum from the first game did not carry on to the second. GSU had no real fire behind home plate, with only five hits the entire game from five different players. Just like how the Eagles took charge later on in the game against the Terriers, the Badgers took charge in the fifth and sixth inning scoring a collective four runs that earned another victory for Wisconsin against the Eagles.

To end the weekend for GSU, the Eagles had to face the Badgers for the third time.

With two losses to this team already, the Eagles looked promising when they were leading the game 3-1 in the first inning. The game remained at 3-2 in favor of the Eagles for three innings, until the sixth inning when the Badgers put three more runs up on the board making the score 5-3.

Although the Eagles made some great strides by getting the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and Lewis’s solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh, they could not pull out a win, and lost to the Badgers 6-4.

GSU will return home for the Eagle Classic Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3,facing Alabama State University, Florida International University, Kennesaw State University and the University of South Carolina.