What you need to know:
* Georgia State took both games of Saturday’s doubleheader with UT Arlington on walkoffs, winning Game 1 3-2 on an error and Game 2 10-6 with a walkoff grand slam.
* Kensey Caldwell was responsible for winning both contests for the Panthers.
* Georgia State goes for the series sweep Sunday at noon on PantherVision.
ATLANTA - Georgia State (26-12, 11-3 SBC) won both games Saturday on walkoffs, defeating UT Arlington 3-2 in Game 1 and 10-6 in Game 2, thanks to a walkoff grand slam by Kensey Caldwell.
Game 1: Georgia State 3, UT Arlington 2 (Nine Innings)
Game 1 on Saturday was an exciting pitchers’ duel that saw just four combined runs in the first seven innings. Kinsley Jennings held the Mavericks to two runs in six innings, but took a no decision in the contest. Mandy Chance came on in relief and threw 3.0 innings of no-hit softball to pick up her sixth win of the season.
The Panthers struck first with a pair of runs in the third inning. Kirsten McMonigle and Reagan Morgan each hit RBI singles to give GSU the first runs of the game. UT Arlington then added a run in the fifth before tying the game in the seventh. The Mavs threatened to go on top in the seventh, but a nice defensive play caught the go-ahead runner out at home.
Georgia State loaded the bases in the bottom half with Kensey Caldwell at the plate. Caldwell hit a grounder to the second basemen who attempted to get the force out at home, but a poor throw bounced away from the catcher and allowed Morgan Brown to safely cross the plate for the game-winning run.
With the win, Georgia State improves to 5-2 in extra-inning games this season.
Game 2: Georgia State 10, UT Arlington 6
UT Arlington scored the first four runs in Game 2, holding a 4-0 lead before Kylee Love launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. The Mavericks added another run in the fifth to go up 5-3, but Megan Litumbe joined the home run party with a three-run shot in the sixth to put GSU in front 6-5. However, UT Arlington would pull even with a run in the top of the seventh.
Kensey Caldwell once again found herself at the plate with a chance to win it for the Panthers. With the bases full and the game tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, Caldwell lifted her sixth home run of the year to once again walk-off the Mavericks and win it for Georgia State. For the doubleheader Saturday, Caldwell went 5-for-9 with three runs and four RBI.
GSU used three pitchers in Game 2, beginning with Peyton Worsham. Worsham allowed just one earned in 3.0 innings before Chance entered the game and went 3.2, giving up just two earned. Jennings entered the game in the seventh and recorded the final out, stranding the bases loaded and keeping the score tied. Jennings earned her 12th win of the season which leads the GSU pitching staff.
Georgia State will go for the series sweep over UT Arlington Sunday at noon.
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