BOONE, N.C. – Georgia State used 26 runs on 22 hits to take both games of a doubleheader at Appalachian State Saturday in Boone, N.C. The Panthers swept the three-game series to improve to 23-19 overall and 8-9 in the Sun Belt.
Game 1: GSU 17, APP 5
Game 1 of the doubleheader, Game 2 of the series, had a little bit of everything. The Panthers jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but App State managed to score one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth to avoid the run-rule.
GSU exploded for a six-run seventh inning to lock up the victory.
Georgia State jumped on top early on as Appalachian State walked the first three batters of the game on 12 straight pitches. The Panthers would go on to score three in the inning.
The Panthers added on with five runs in the top of the second including a two-run homer by freshman Skylar Mosel.
The Mountaineers scored runs in the third and fourth innings to make it an 8-2 game in favor of GSU in the top of the fifth. GSU would push it’s lead back to eight with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Down to the final out, App State extended the game with a GSU error which eventually led to the Mountaineers scoring a run to avoid the run-rule.
GSU pushed it’s lead back to eight in the top of the sixth, but once again App State extended the game with two runs in the home half.
With the score at 11-5, GSU went off for six runs in the seventh inning, securing a 17-5 win in Game 2 of the series.
GSU’s 17 runs came on only 10 hits as the Panther hitters drew 15 walks. Ivie Drake was walked in all six of her at-bats in the contest, including five intentional passes. The six walks not only set a new GSU record, but also a new NCAA Division-I record for most walks in a seven-inning game. The five intentional walks equaled the NCAA single-game high.
Game 2: GSU 9, APP 2
After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, GSU bounced back with a big second inning. Remington Hasty started things off with a bases-loaded single to make it 2-1. Brenna Skalski then brought in the tying run on a fielder’s choice.
Arden Jobe capped off the inning with a bases-loaded walk to give the Panthers a 4-2 advantage.
Kristin Hawkins made it five-straight runs for the Panthers as she belted her second career home run in the top of the third.
The score would remain 5-2 until the top of the seventh when Jobe led off with a double for GSU. Skylar Mosel then reached base on a bunt single to set up a Hawkins single that brought in a run.
Remington Hasty then singled with the bases loaded to bring in two runs. The Panthers scored the fourth run in the inning on a groundout to lead 9-2.
Mandy Chance was stellar, going 5.1 innings and allowing two earned runs to get her eighth win of the year. Kinsley Jennings threw the final 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four.
Hasty’s three-RBI led the Panthers and Hawkins finished the game with two RBI and two runs scored. GSU finished with 12 hits as a team.
Georgia State returns home to Atlanta to host Kennesaw State Wednesday at 5 p.m.