PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia State softball (6-7) closed out the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament with a win over North Carolina State and a loss to Troy on Sunday night.
The tournament games were being played at the Panthers home field because of a weather relocation earlier in the week.
Game 1: GSU 5, NC State 1
Georgia State scored five unearned runs as a result of five NC State errors to earn the victory 5-1. The Panthers scored a run in the first inning on two Wolfpack errors and four more in the fifth inning on three errors.
After NC State stranded the bases loaded to open the game, MeQuilla Franklin singled and eventually came around to score on an error by the NC State third baseman.
In the fourth inning, GSU brought three runs to the plate without registering a hit. Callie Alford then knocked in an RBI single to bring home the fourth run of the inning. Ashley Christy also stole her team-leading fifth stolen base of the season during the inning.
Katie Worley (2-3) threw the first complete game of her career to pick up the win. Worley came one out away from keeping the game a shutout, but allowed a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. The freshman allowed only three hits in the game and struck out five NC State batters.
Game 2: Troy 8, GSU 7 (8 Innings)
In another back-and-forth contest, the Panthers scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and two more in the eighth, but ultimately lost to Troy 8-7 in eight innings. GSU has now lost both of the games this year that have gone beyond regulation.
The Panthers out hit the Trojans 9-8 in the game, but left ten runners on base. Christy had a pair of hits and three RBI for GSU. The Panthers had three doubles in the game from Christy, Lauren Coleman and Callie Alford. Coleman also had a pair of RBI.
After trailing 3-1 entering the seventh inning, Georgia State, playing as the visiting team on their home field, scored four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Christy hit a double that scored Jessica Clifton and Audrey Mason, Coleman also had an RBI double for the Panthers in the inning.
Troy tied the game up with two runs in their half of the seventh to push the contest to extra innings. Georgia State got two runs to begin the eighth inning. Clifton scored on a fielder’s choice and Coleman drew a bases loaded walk.
But the Trojans put three runs on the scoreboard in the final inning of the game to earn the win. Troy had solo home runs in the first and fifth innings.
Worley took the loss after throwing 0.2 innings of relief and allowing the winning run to cross the plate. Starter Kaitlyn Medlam lasted 6.2 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.
Next up for Georgia State is a double header at Mercer on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The games in Macon, Ga. are set to start at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.