ATLANTA – Tying the Georgia State school record for the longest game played in school history, Georgia State rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to take No. 18/19 Louisiana to extras before walking off the Ragin’ Cajuns in the 13th inning to win 7-6 Sunday at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.
Down 5-2 with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh, Georgia State caught a break with an error by the second baseman.
The Panthers took advantage as Kirsten McMonigle singled home a run to make it 5-3. Arden Jobe then doubled to center field and the ball raced passed the diving center fielder and rolled to the wall, allowing two runs to come home including McMonigle all the way from first to tie the game at 5-5.
After five scoreless frames, Louisiana scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 13th to go up 6-5.
With two outs, Kristin Hawkins, who hit her first career home run in Game 1 of the series, delivered the clutch walk-off single that scored McMonigle from second and won the game for GSU, setting off a mob scene at home plate as the Panthers celebrated the big victory.
Sunday’s win was Georgia State softball’s first win over a ranked opponent since the Panthers defeated No. 13 Georgia in Athens on April 22, 2014.
GSU’s pitchers were impressive throughout the contest. Mandy Chance got the start and held Louisiana to just one earned run through 5.0 innings. Kinsley Jennings threw the final 8.0 innings and earned the win to improve to 9-7 on the season.
McMonigle finished the game 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored. Litumbe went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Jobe was 2-for-6 with two RBI as well.
The 13-inning affair matched a school record for longest game played in GSU softball history. With the win, the Panthers are now a remarkable 11-1 all-time in games lasting 11 or more innings. GSU is 19-4 in 10-inning or longer games.
GSU has another shot at a ranked opponent Wednesday as the Panthers head to Athens to play No. 6 Georgia.