Softball travels home for Eagle Classic

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Randall Hampton

Tomorrow the Georgia Southern University’s softball team will try to add some wins to its 7-7 record when the team kicks off the Eagle Classic at Eagle Field.

A weekend at home might be just what GSU needs to bounce back from a 1-4 showing in the Citrus Classic last weekend.

The Eagles played their first weekend of inconsistent softball of the season.  Junior pitcher Sarah Purvis gave up 12 hits and seven earned runs in her two starts, and GSU dropped both games.

Her numbers were not bad, but her record setting start to the season has set the bar high every time she steps into the pitcher’s circle.

Purvis and the Eagles will try to return to their winning ways against Alabama State University and Florida International University in a double header tomorrow.

ASU comes into the game 1-9 with a team ERA of 10.49.  A shaky effort in the pitcher’s circle from ASU could bring the pop back to GSU’s bats.  First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

FIU will step up to the plate for the second half of the double header at 5:30 p.m.  FIU is 10-6 this season and is coming off a one run loss to Mercer University.

FIU let a run in the top of the seventh inning cost the team a chance at a 10 game winning streak.  The team has a lower ERA than ASU at 2.96, but this will be the first time FIU plays away from home this season.

The Eagles will welcome Kennesaw State University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. before the team gets a second crack at FIU at 5:30 p.m.

KSU is 10-2 with five of its wins coming by one run this season. KSU’s experience in one run games means GSU will need to put some runs on the scoreboard. GSU won all three meetings with KSU last year by a combined score of 24-5.

GSU will close the Eagle Classic on Sunday against the University of South Carolina.  SC has been tearing it up offensively putting up 17 runs in its last game and nine runs in the game before that one.

GSU is 0-36 against SC on the softball field, but the teams have not played since a 2006 7-0 shutout.  Sunday the Eagles will try to upset the Gamecocks for the first time ever at 2:00 p.m.