The Appalachian State University softball team ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The Mountaineers (13-21 ovearll; 3-7 Southern Conference) dropped a doubleheader to Georgia Southern (26-11, 10-1 SoCon). The Eagles blanked App State 4-0 in the opener, and they bounced the Mountaineers 9=4 in the second game.


Shelby Morrill got the Eagles off to an early start in the opener with a solo home run in the first inning. Winning pitcher Sarah Purvis made it stand up. She tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout. Purvis put on a dominant performance. She walked one and struck out 12.


The Eagles finally put it out of reach with three runs in the seventh. Dominique Grossman and Emily Snider scored on throwing errors. Kourtny Thomas had an RBI double to deep center field.


Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) suffered the loss. She pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, and she stuck out six. Offensively, the Mountaineers stranded six runners in the game.


In game two, the Eagles, thanks to Shelby Morrill grand slam in the third inning, defeated App State, 9-4. Morrill's blast snapped a 2-2 tie.


App State only managed one hit between the second and fifth innings. In turn, the Eagles, aided by a pair of home runs by Lexi Allen and Snider, allowed the Eagles to put the game completely out of reach.


Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) drove in a run in the sixth on ground-ball out, and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) homered. That home run was also Parker's team-leading fifth of the season.


Shivaun Landeros took the loss in game two. She coughed up seven runs on six hits in just 4.2 innings. Sydney Laws finished up.


App State will try to salvage the final game of the series Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.


Photo Courtesy: Alissa Schoelkopf, ASU Athletics