What you need to know:

* Georgia State completed the three-game sweep of rival Georgia Southern with a pair of five-inning blowouts Saturday.

* Georgia State allowed just one run on five hits while scoring 24 runs on 25 hits during the doubleheader.

* Georgia State heads into the Sun Belt Tournament next week as the No. 3 seed.


STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia State (33-21, 18-9 SBC) swept rival Georgia Southern with a pair of five-inning run-rules Saturday to close out the regular season. The Panthers scored in eight of the 10 innings during the doubleheader and held GS to just one run on five hits.

Game 1: GSU 9, GS 1 (Five innings)

Reagan Morgan drove in the first run of the game with a high-bouncing single up the middle in the second inning that allowed Kensey Caldwell to score from second.

Georgia State exploded for five runs in the third with three home runs. Ivie Drake started the long ball parade with a three-run bomb to left field. Two batters later, Caldwell went opposite field for a solo shot and Remington Hasty then made it back-to-back dingers with a line-drive homer to left that put the Panthers up 6-0.

The Panthers kept piling it on with another run in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Drake. After Georgia Southern got on the board with a run in the home half of the fourth, GSU pulled ahead 9-1 with RBI hits by Morgan and Mandy Blackwell.

Mandy Chance earned her eighth win of the year with a great outing. Chance allowed only one run on three hits and had no walks while striking out two.

Game 2: GSU 15, GS 0 (Five innings)

Georgia State picked up right where they left off in the final game of the series, scoring three runs in the first inning off two hits, a walk and an error.

The offense then produced seven runs on six hits in the second inning to blow the game open and go in front 10-0. Drake and Hasty each had two RBI in the inning and Caldwell, Blackwell and Hawkins each brought a run in as well. All seven of the runs came with two outs in the inning.

The Panthers added on with three more runs in the third and a pair in the fourth to hold a 15-0 lead going into the fifth.

Kinsley Jennings moved to 17-10 on the year with the win as she gave up no runs on just one hit in three innings. Her 17 wins is the most for a GSU pitcher since 2015. Emily Soles came on in relief and threw the final two frames, giving up just one hit and no runs.

Hasty finished the game with four RBI on two hits. Drake tallied three RBI and Litumbe and Blackwell each picked up a pair. All nine starters for GSU got a hit in the game and Brenna Skalski came off the bench and went 2-for-2 at the plate.

With the pair of conference victories, GSU improved to 18-9 in the Sun Belt this season, the most conference wins for the Panthers in four seasons of Sun Belt play and the winningest conference record since the team went 15-5 in 2011 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Panthers locked up the No. 3 seed for the Sun Belt Tournament with the series sweep. It's the second time the Panthers have held the No. 3 seed since GSU joined the Sun Belt four seasons ago.

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