STARKVILLE, Miss. — Georgia State softball dropped two games against Mississippi State and South Alabama on the second day of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic Saturday night.
The Panthers (1-3) will finish out the season-opening tournament with games on Sunday against SIUE at 11:00 a.m. and vs. Tennessee State at 1:00 p.m.
Game 1: MSU 9, GSU 1 (5 innings)
Mississippi State scored three runs in the third inning and six runs in the fifth inning to run-rule Georgia State in five innings.
Taylor Anderson started the game with a single for the Panthers. That would be the only hit for GSU until a double off the bat of Callie Alford to start the fifth inning.
Audrey Mason followed the double with an infield bloop single to put runners at the corners. A double steal attempt paid off and allowed pinch runner MeQuilla Franklin to score the Panthers’ lone run of the game.
Errors and strikeouts plagued the Panthers as GSU committed three mistakes in the field and went down on strikes eight times at the plate.
Mississippi State capitalized on a GSU error to score three runs, including two on a home run, in the bottom of the third inning.
Taylor Scarpantonio did throw out a base runner attempting to steal second and Jessica Clifton threw out another runner at the plate in the inning.
The host Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but the defense was able to hold and strand three more base runners.
MSU loaded the bases once again in the fifth inning and a grand slam would open up the lead and run starter Kaitlyn Medlam (1-2) from the game.
Game 2: USA 7, GSU 0 (6 innings)
Ashley Christy broke up a no-hit bit by South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard in the top of the fifth inning on an infield single. Clifton followed with another infield single, but Lauren Coleman grounded into a double play to end the GSU scoring threat.
Christy reached in both her previous at bats on walks and also recorded a stolen base. Audrey Mason had the only other hit for the Panthers, a single to left field in the sixth inning. Georgia State had a total of five bases on balls in the game, but also struck out eight times.
A two-run home run in the second and a three-run homer in the fifth provided the difference in the game for South Alabama. The Jaguars got another run on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning.
Starter Katie Worley (0-1) lasted four innings and allowed six runs on four hits and five walks. Eron Milton worked in one inning in relief, surrendering two runs on four hits.