What you need to know:
* Georgia State (19-19, 4-5 SBC) lost 4-3 Wednesday at Georgia Tech.
* GSU was down one in the seventh and tied it up before the Yellow Jackets walked off in the home half.
* The Panthers host No. 5 UL Lafayette this weekend at Panthersville.
ATLANTA – Georgia State (19-19, 4-5 SBC) lost on a walkoff single to Georgia Tech (15-21, 3-8 ACC) Wednesday at Mewborn Field. The Panthers rallied from down one in the top of the seventh, but the Yellow Jackets won the game 4-3 on an RBI-single in the home half to end it.
Kensey Caldwell hit a walkoff home run in the 12th inning in the first meeting between the two schools back on Feb. 17. The junior recorded the first hit of Wednesday’s game, also a solo home run, to give GSU the 1-0 advantage in the top of the second. Caldwell’s sixth homer of the season was a no-doubter to left field.
Ivie Drake added on in the third inning with a leadoff solo blast of her own. Drake’s team-leading ninth home run went out to straight center field even with the wind blowing in.
Georgia State’s 2-0 lead would hold until the bottom half of the fifth inning. The Yellow Jackets picked up a baserunner on a walk and then scored two runs on two singles to tie the game.
Georgia Tech took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth on an error by the Panther defense, the first of the game. Georgia State rallied back in the top of the seventh as Drake doubled with one out and moved to third on a Reagan Morgan single. As Caldwell stepped up to the plate with two outs, the GT catcher stood up and extended her hand as if to signal an intentional walk. However, the first pitch was straight down the middle and Caldwell took advantage, lining a single into center field to bring home Drake and tie the game.
The Yellow Jackets got a single with one out in the home half of the seventh and the runner moved to second on a wild pitch. The game-winner came off the bat of Courtney Ziese, who lined a ball into left-center field that was deep enough to score the runner from second.
Senior pitcher Katie Worley threw four innings and gave up just two hits while keeping Georgia Tech off the scoreboard. Worley also recorded three strikeouts, but did not get a decision. Freshman Mandy Chance entered the game in the fifth and allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and was hit with the loss.
In two games against the Yellow Jackets this season, Caldwell is 5-for-8 with two home runs and three RBI.
Georgia State is at home this weekend as No. 5 UL Lafayette visits the Bob Heck Softball Complex at Panthersville. GSU and ULL will play a DH on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday followed by the series finale on Sunday at noon.
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