Regular season coming to a close for Eagles

Photos: Brandon Warnock

Hayden Boudreaux

After an exciting season the Georgia Southern University softball team is on its way to prove its worth in the Southern Conference Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles started their season off with a 11-0 trouncing of Oakland University at the Eagle Round Robin. However, lingering in the back of their mind was the second game of the tournament against No. 1-ranked University of Tennessee. Despite meeting UT at every turn a late home run secured a 1-0 victory for the Volunteers.

After pushing that game to the back of their minds, GSU pressed onward, finishing the Round Robin by outscoring their opponents 16-1. Coming off this success, the Eagles had to move into the FIU Tournament in Miami, Fla. The story of the weekend was the 4-0 victory over No. 29 University of Wisconsin.

The next tournament was the Lipton Invitational, which included four games against formidable opponents before capping off the weekend against the new No. 1 University of Florida. After going 3-1 the Eagles were denied their chance to go toe-to-toe with the Gators by a severe thunderstorm.

GSU returned home for the Eagle Classic where they had another impressive weekend, winning four out of five games. Among the victories was a 2-0 win over Troy University. Troy had bounced around in the ESPN Top 50 teams in the country.

In the break between tournaments highly decorated senior pitcher Sarah Purvis threw a perfect game against Kennesaw State University. The perfect game marked the third of her career and further solidified her place among the top pitchers in the country.

Hoping for another chance at redemption, the Eagles took a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., to participate in the Tennessee Tournament. After two wins the Eagles took on No. 35 Western Kentucky University but fell 0-3. The final game of the weekend was a rematch against the University of Tennessee who had regained their No. 1 spot. After another tough back-and-forth, the Volunteers edged past the Eagles 2-0.

Following the defeat, the team was able to start into their SoCon schedule. After a 5-3 stretch they traveled to the No. 10 University of Georgia where they were outmatched 4-1. The loss sparked the Eagles, sending them on a seven game win streak.

Soon after, the Eagles were to take on another No. 1 ranked team, the University of Alabama. After jumping out to an early lead, the Crimson Tide defended their top spot with two runs to close out the game.

The Eagles are currently ranked first in the SoCon. With only two games left against Samford University, they will enter the SoCon Tournament as the top seed. Winning out in the tournament will secure GSU a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The first match of the NCAA is scheduled for May 16.