TAMPA, Fla. – Georgia State’s softball team opened up the 2018 season against No. 18 Michigan and South Florida Friday at the Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa.

The Panthers were defeated 8-0 in six innings by the Wolverines and lost 5-4 to host USF in the nightcap.

In the opening game, Georgia State was unable to get anything going against the 18th-ranked Wolverines. Michigan shutout the Panthers and took an 8-0 lead into the sixth inning for the run-rule victory.

Georgia State and South Florida were locked in a tight contest in the evening game. The Panthers went in front 2-1 in the third inning with a two-run home run from senior Ivie Drake.

South Florida retook the lead in the home half of the third with three runs.

Down 4-2, Brenna Skalski singled home a run in the fourth to pull the Panthers within a run.

USF made it a 5-3 game in the fifth inning on an RBI-single.

Georgia State threatened in the top of the seventh with an RBI-single by Kirsten McMonigle, but the Bulls stranded two Panthers on base with a groundout to end the game and get the 5-4 victory.

Georgia State continues play at the Wilson DeMarini Tournament Saturday afternoon. GSU will play No. 2 Florida at 1:15 and Illinois State at 6 p.m.