HONOLULU, Hawaii - Georgia State dropped a pair of games to open the season Thursday night at the Hawaii Paradise Classic in Honolulu.
Saint Mary’s handed GSU its first loss of the season Thursday, a 7-5 defeat at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Gaels scored seven runs on 10 hits.
Caitlin Ray went 1-for-4 at the plate for the Panthers with a two-RBI double.
Down 7-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, GSU scored a run on a fielder’s choice before Ray’s big, two-out hit brought the Panthers to within just two runs at 7-5.
GSU was unable to get the big hit to complete the comeback, however, and Saint Mary’s held on to improve to 1-0 on the season while GSU fell to 0-1.
Six Panthers made their GSU debuts in the contest, including freshman Olivia Davis who earned the start at second base.
Georgia State faced host Hawaii in its second game of the season. The Rainbow Wahine got the 8-0 win in five innings.
Hawaii got things going early with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
Hawaii would tack on three more runs in the fourth inning to lead 6-0 before finishing the game with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Caitlin Ray recorded the lone hit for the Panthers in the contest.
The Panthers (0-2) will face Fresno State Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.