What you need to know:
* Georgia State defeated Villanova and Hartford Saturday at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
* The Panthers won 4-3 against Villanova and beat hartford 16-1 in five innings.
* The Panthers play their fifth and final game of the tournament Sunday against Central Michigan.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Georgia State won both its games Saturday at the USF Under Armour Invitational, beating Villanova 4-3 and Hartford 16-1 (5). The Panthers play Central Michigan on Sunday before returning home to host Michigan State Tuesday.
Georgia State took on Villanova in the first game of the day and trailed 3-0 after five innings. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers’ bats came alive as GSU put up four runs to take the lead. Morgan Brown and Kirsten McMonigle started off the inning with back-to-back singles before Brown came home as Megan Litumbe reached on an error. Ivie Drake then delivered a single that cleared the bases, scoring two and tying the game at 3-3. Kensey Caldwell’s sac fly scored the go-ahead run and Kinsley Jennings shut the door in the top of the seventh to secure the 4-3 win.
The second contest of the day wasn’t as tightly contested as the first. Georgia State used a 14-run inning to jump on top of Hartford and added two more in the fourth to eventually win 16-1 in five innings. Brenna Skalski recorded five RBI in the second inning alone. The 16 runs for the Panthers was the most they’ve scored in a game since GSU put up 19 against Georgia Southern in 2015.
Kinsley Jennings earned both wins in the circle on Saturday to improve her record to 4-3. In the two appearances, Jennings allowed a combined two earned runs on five hits through seven innings of work and struck out nine. Peyton Worsham threw four innings and allowed no earned runs and just two hits and Soles pitched one inning with no hits, no runs and two strikeouts.Skalski led the offense with five RBI on the day and Mallory Koepke tallied four RBI. Brown had three hits and scored three runs in six at-bats.
Georgia State improves to 12-8 on the season. The Panthers wrap up the weekend against Central Michigan on Sunday.
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