TROY, Ala. - Third-seeded Georgia State (34-22) was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Championships Thursday evening after losses to No. 2 seed Texas State and No. 5 seed UT Arlington.
#2 Texas State 5, #3 Georgia State 2
Georgia State rallied to tie Texas State late in the game, but the Bobcats ultimately won with a three-run homer in the sixth.
Texas State put two runs on the board in the second inning, but Kinsley Jennings settled in nicely and held the Bobcats scoreless through the next three frames.
Georgia State clawed back, beginning with a solo home run by Remington Hasty in the fourth inning, her seventh of the season.
The Panthers then took advantage of two Texas State errors in the top of the sixth, scoring the tying run on a ball put in play by Kensey Caldwell.
The Bobcats responded with a three-run homer with one out in the sixth to go in front 5-2.
Taylor Bradley hit a two-out single in the seventh, but the Bobcats held on to win.
The loss dropped the Panthers to the Elimination Bracket to take on No. 5 seed UT Arlington.
#5 UT Arlington 9, #3 Georgia State 8
Georgia State and UT Arlington combined for 17 runs on 25 hits, but the Mavericks edged out the Panthers with a four-run seventh inning.
UTA pulled in front in the second inning and held a 4-2 lead when the Panthers mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. Megan Litumbe started the scoring with a bases-loaded single. Kensey Caldwell then ignited the Georgia State offense with a grand slam that gave GSU a 7-4.
Georgia State was in the lead 8-5 with two outs in the top of the seventh when UT Arlington's Laura Curry hit a three-run home run that tied the game. The Mavericks added another run to pull ahead 9-8 to complete the comeback.
Georgia State was unable to rally in the seventh and was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Hasty had a hot bat for the Panthers the entire tournament, hitting .556 (5-for-9) with a home run and four RBI. Caldwell finished the week with five RBI and Mandy Blackwell went 4-for-10 (.400) at the plate.
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