ATLANTA – Ivie Drake belted three home runs Wednesday to lead Georgia State’s softball team past Mercer 14-8. Drake’s third home run of the game was the 60th of her career which broke the GSU record.
Just one day after she was named Sun Belt Player of the Week for hitting four home runs in the three-game series against Troy over the weekend, Drake added to her total with three in her first three at-bats against the Bears on Wednesday.
Hitting in the lead-off spot for the Panthers, she hit a solo shot in the bottom of the first to cut into Mercer’s 2-0 lead.
The Panthers trailed 6-4 as she came up for her next at-bat when she hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the third to tie the game. That home run tied teammate Megan Litumbe for the school record with 59 career home runs.
Drake’s third at-bat came in the bottom of the fifth. With GSU on top 8-7, Drake launched her third straight homer, a three-run bomb to give GSU the 11-7 lead. Drake’s 60th career home run set a new GSU record, the third time the record has been broken in the last two seasons.
Drake’s incredible performance wasn’t over, however, as she would add two more RBI with a single in the sixth, bringing her total to eight RBI which matched a GSU single-game record.
Drake finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs scored. She has now hit seven home runs in her last four games and has 13 on the year.
Freshman Skylar Mosel also played long ball with a two-run shot in the third inning, her third of the season.
Kinsley Jennings entered the game in the third inning and threw 4.1 innings allowing just four hits to pick up her eighth win on the year.
Georgia State moves to 19-16 and will host No. 19 Louisiana for a three-game series this weekend at the Heck Softball Complex.