Purvis' perfect game leads Georgia Southern past Hampton in regionals
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With elimination on the line, Sarah Purvis responded with the second perfect game of her career as Georgia Southern ousted Hampton from the NCAA tournament in a 3-0 shutout. It was the second perfect game in program history and gave the Eagles another chance against South Florida on Saturday.
“That was another incredible performance by Sarah,” head coach Annie Smith said. “The offense scored some runs for us [Saturday], now we’ve got another big elimination game against USF. Words really can’t describe how big an outing that was, especially in the NCAA tournament.”
Sarah Purvis fanned six batters in the game as she pitched her way into the record books. She improved to 18-15 on the season as the Eagles moved to 32-29 on the season. Purvis has also not allowed an earned run in her last 25 innings of work.
Georgia Southern drew first blood in the bottom of the first by scoring the team’s first run of the regional. Alexa Lewis singled to right out of her lead off position, whiile an error on Lexi Allen’s sacrifice-bunt attempt put runners on second and third. Shelby Morrill drove the run in with one out to post a 1-0 lead through an inning of play.
The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Shelby Morrill hit her seventh home run of the season over the fence in right. The two-run bomb also drove in Lewis for her second run of the day after she opened the inning with a walk. The runs bolstered the Eagle advantage to 3-0 through five.
Georgia Southern's win is only the program's second in an NCAA tournament and the first since 2006.