PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. — Five home runs helped the Georgia State softball team (4-4) power past Northern Kentucky and Oakland in the final day of the Panther Invitational.
With two more home runs in the Oakland game, Paige Nowacki finished the weekend with six in total. Nowacki now has 26 in her career, moving the senior into sole possession of third on the all-time school home run list.
Game 1: GSU 8, NKU 2
Alford hit a pair of solo home runs for the first multi-homer game of her career as the Panthers blew past Northern Kentucky (0-3). Brenna Morrissey added a solo shot of her own in the sixth inning.
Katie Worley (1-1) pitched a complete game to pick up the first victory of her career. The freshman scattered four hits across 7.0 innings to allow only two runs and struck out a career-high seven batters.
The Panthers balanced their scoring attack, plating three runs in the sixth inning, two in the second and one in each the first, third and fifth.
Georgia State also had three successful stolen bases in the game by Ashley Christy, Jordon Brown and Brenna Morrissey. GSU is a perfect 19-for-19 in stolen base attempts so far this season. Christy leads the team with four base swipes.
GSU had a total of seven hits in the ball game. Jessica Clifton had two RBI for GSU, while both Lauren Coleman and Taylor Anderson had RBI singles.
Game 2: GSU 11, Oakland 2
Four RBI from Nowacki and Christy helped the Panthers put 11 runs up on the board. The game was Nowacki’s third multi-homer game of the tournament.
GSU drove in four runs in the fourth, three in the third and two in the third. The Panthers registered 11 hits, four of which went for extra-bases, and took advantage of four Grizzly errors. Five Panthers had multi-hit games, including Alford with three.
Oakland took a quick 2-0 lead, but Nowacki tied the game on one swing in the third inning after a Coleman walk.
The Panthers then piled on for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. The barrage included a two-RBI triple by Christy, GSU’s first three bagger of the year. Christy added a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the outfielder four RBI in the game.
Starter Kaitlyn Medlam (3-2) gave up two runs in the first inning before settling in to retire 13 consecutive Oakland batters. Medlam struck out a three and did not allow a walk in her second consecutive complete game.
Georgia State plays their first midweek game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when the team travels to Auburn, Ala. to face the Auburn Tigers. The game is set to start at 6:00 p.m. ET.