What you need to know:
* Georgia State defeated UT Martin 6-5 Tuesday night in the NISC Region 5 bracket.
* Megan Litumbe hit home runs 19 and 20 and tallied four RBI.
* The Panthers will face Kennesaw State at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
ATLANTA - Making its first postseason appearance since 2011, Georgia State won their opening game as hosts of the NISC Region 5 bracket. Megan Litumbe homered twice as the Panthers defeated UT Martin 6-5 Tuesday night at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.
Litumbe became the first GSU player in school history to have multiple 20-home run seasons, reaching the 20 mark with her second blast on Tuesday. Her first homer of the day was the 50th of her career and made it all the way to the roof of the hitting facility beyond the left field wall.The GSU single-season record for home runs is 22.
The Panthers were up 2-0 after Litumbe's two-run homer in the first, but UT Martin took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third with a home run of their own.
Litumbe's second dinger of the day, also a two-run shot, broke a 4-4 tie and made it 6-4 in favor of GSU.
The Skyhawks made things interesting with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but Mandy Chance got a groundout to end the game, pushing GSU into the semifinals against Kennesaw State.
Chance earned the win with three innings of work, allowing just one hit.
McMonigle, Drake and Litumbe each scored two runs on the day. Litumbe finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and Hasty had the other two runs batted in. Reagan Morgan and McMonigle each walked twice.
The Panthers and Owls will play at 4 p.m. Wednesday in what will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. The home team won each regular season contest. A win for GSU means a berth into the championship game on Thursday.
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