The winning streak is the second-longest in program history and includes seven consecutive wins in the CAA following two sweeps of Drexel and Delaware. School-record winning streaks of 11 games has been achieved three times, last in 2011.
During the streak, the Panthers have recorded four shutouts, including three in run-rule fashion, and earned two consecutive victories in extra-innings, including a 10-7 win over No. 23 Georgia.
James Madison was undefeated in conference play before being swept at Hofstra this past weekend. The Dukes have already clinched a spot in the four-team CAA tournament, while the Panthers are ineligible for postseason conference play.
The Panthers and the Dukes are currently third and second in the conference respectively. Both teams tied for second-place in the preseason CAA coaches poll, with GSU receiving one first-place vote.
In 27 games played between the teams, Georgia State leads the all-time series by a margin of 18-9, including a 6-2 record when playing in Harrisonburg. This makes the series by-far the most-competitive among all CAA series for the Panthers.
Last season, James Madison came to Panthersville and won two out of three games to capture the regular season series and clinch the second seed in the 2012 CAA tournament. Callie Alford had five RBI on four hits, including a double and a home run in the Panthers’ lone victory in the second game of the series.
The Panthers got their revenge during the conference tournament, however, by winning both contests against the Dukes, earning victories of 7-4 and 9-1. Six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the second game allowed the Panthers to run-rule JMU and reach the CAA finals for a third-consecutive time.
Last week, Georgia State swept visiting Delaware, outscoring the Blue Hens 18-7 in three games. Jessica Clifton was named the CAA Player of the Week, while Katie Worley earned the conference Rookie of the Week honors.
Clifton batted .533 over the week with nine RBI and six runs scored. The junior center fielder supplied the walk-off RBI single that led the Panthers to a win on Senior Day. Worley finished the week with a 3-0 record, including a win in relief over Georgia. With 13 strikeouts, the freshman eclipsed 100 Ks on the season.