What you need to know:

* Georgia State's season came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Kennesaw State Thursday in the NISC Region 5 title game.

* The Panthers finish the year 36-25.

* Megan Litumbe homered in the loss to KSU, tying the GSU single-season home run record (22).


ATLANTA  - After fighting through the double-elimination bracket to get back to the NISC Region 5 championship game, Georgia State fell 3-2 to top-seeded Kennesaw State, ending Georgia State's season with a 36-25 record.

Game 1: Georgia State 3, Western Kentucky 2

The Panthers were the designated away team Thursday morning against WKU. The Hilltoppers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer, but that would be all as Mandy Chance would hold WKU to just the two runs on five hits. Chance went the distance in the win to finish her sophomore season with a 10-7 record.

The Panthers chipped away at the WKU lead with a Mandy Blackwell RBI-single to center field in the top of the fourth. Blackwell went 4-for-4 in the game.

After GSU tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth, Kirsten McMonigle singled home the go-ahead run in what would prove to be the game-winner.

The win eliminated WKU and moved Georgia State into the title game, needing to beat Kennesaw state twice to claim the championship.

Game 2: Kennesaw State 3, Georgia State 2

The second game of the day proved to be nearly identical to the first, with the home team scoring two runs in the first before falling to a late rally. Unfortunately for GSU, the Panthers found themselves on the losing end this time.

After a two-out single by Ivie Drake in the first, Megan Litumbe launched her fourth homer of the tournament and 22nd of the season. The 22 homers matches the GSU single-season record.

That would be all the runs GSU would get, however, as KSU spent the final six innings mounting a comeback. The Owls scored a run in the second, fourth and seventh innings to knock off the Panthers.

Emily Soles threw a good game, going all 7.0 innings and holding the top-seeded Owls to just three runs.

For four seniors, it was the final game of their Georgia State careers. The Panthers finish the 2017 season with a 36-25 record, the 11th straight 30-win season for GSU.

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