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GSU softball season ends with loss

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Georgia Southern softball’s 2015 season ended when Eagles were eliminated from the Sun Belt Tournament by Georgia State 8-0.

Georgia State took the early advantage, touching the Eagles for five runs in the first inning off five hits. Senior righty Brooke Red got the start and lasted 2/3 innings, matching the shortest appearance of her career. After Red was replaced by Kierra Camp with the score 2-0 and two runners aboard, Camp gave up a three-run home run off the first pitch that hit the top of the fence to make the score 5-0.

The Eagles got their first two hits in the third inning when Breanna McLendon and Taylor Rogers delivered singles to put two runners aboard with one out. A foul out to the catcher and a line out to third base ended the threat as Georgia Southern stranded runners on first and second.

The Panthers ended the game in the fifth with three more runs. The first came with runners on second and third as a throwing error by third baseman Michelle Mazur allowed two to score. The final run came in as Kensey Caldwell hit a bloop single between the Eagle second baseman, right fielder and center fielder.

The 2015 season ends for the Eagles with an overall record of 12-39.

The loss ended the careers of six Georgia Southern seniors who will graduate soon.

Seniors McLendon, Lexi Allen, Red, Marla Thompson, Savanah Coon and Kaitlyn Johnson own two trips to the NCAA Tournament as well as a pair of regular-season conference championships.

“This was a tough season, but I’m happy that we kept fighting even to the final out,” Eagles coach Annie Smith said. “I hate to see the season end this way for our seniors, but I’m proud that our team didn’t quit.”

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