ATLANTA - Georgia State's softball team brought the game-winning run to the plate in the seventh inning Thursday night, but were unable to come back against Michigan State, losing 5-2.
The Panthers fell behind 3-0 in the top of the third after Michigan State hit a three-run homer. The Spartans added on another run in the fourth and used a solo homer in the top fo the sixth to go on top 5-0.
Georgia State's offense got going in the bottom of the sixth as Kirsten McMonigle led off with a triple to left-center. Ivie Drake picked up an RBI on a groundout to bring GSU's first run in. The Panthers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, drawing a bases loaded walk to bring the winning run to the plate. The Spartans induced a popout, however, to end the threat and win the game 5-2.
Georgia State falls to 13-9 on the year and begins Sun Belt play this weekend with a home series against South Alabama. The Panthers and Jaguars will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and a finale at noon on Sunday.
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