HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Six-runs in the bottom of the fifth inning capped a 9-1 win by the defending CAA-champion Georgia State (38-17, 15-8) over James Madison and into the CAA Tournament finals.

Lauren Coleman and Ashley Christy both had two hits and two RBI to pace the Panthers offensively. Christy had a two-run triple in the third inning to open up the scoring. Coleman also had two walks.

McCall Langford lasted the entire 5.0 innings in the circle, allowing five hits while striking out as many batters. The lefty improves her record to 12-6 on the season.

The Panthers batted around in the pivotal fifth-inning and picked up three consecutive bases-loaded singles by Brenna Morrissey, Jessica Clifton and Coleman.

Clifton and Christina Reed contributed multiple-hit games to the cause which saw GSU reach a total of 10 hits.

Callie Alford ended the game on a hit-by-pitch that drove in the ninth Panther run for the run-rule. Alford started the inning with a stand-up double.

GSU already defeated James Madison 7-4 in the first match-up before falling to Hofstra 1-0 earlier today.

In an almost identical scenario to last season’s championship run, Georgia State advances to the finals of the CAA tournament to face Hofstra. The Panthers will need to win two games against the host Pride to repeat as conference champs.

The Panthers and the Pride play Sat., May 12 at noon with the second game starting after the end of the first if necessary.