What you need to know:
* Georgia State opened conference play Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of South Alabama at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.
* The Panthers won 2-0 in Game 1 and 11-3 (5) in Game 2.
* The Panthers and Jaguars will play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.
ATLANTA - Georgia State started off conference play 2-0 with a doubleheader sweep of South Alabama Saturday at the Bob Heck Softball Complex. The Panthers and Jaguars will play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game 1: GSU 2, USA 0
Freshman Peyton Worsham got the start in the circle against South Alabama’s Devin Brown. Worsham, making just her third start, was near perfect Saturday against the Jaguars. Worsham took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings and allowed just two baserunners while striking out five. It was the second complete-game shutout of her career, but the first seven-inning effort.
Worsham’s run support came from Kensey Caldwell who brought home the first run of the game with a sac fly in the first and added another run with a solo homer in the fourth, her third of the year.
Worsham improved to 2-0 on the season with the win and her ERA dropped to 0.29.
Game 2: GSU 11, USA 3 (5 innings)
Game 2 had a much different tone with Georgia State exploding for 11 runs on eight hits. The big hit came from Remington Hasty in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Hasty hit just her second career home run, a grand slam. The Panthers added two runs in the third and four in the fourth to put the run rule in effect. South Alabama hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth, but Mandy Chance sealed the deal to pick up her fifth win of the season.
Caldwell hit two RBI doubles in Game 2 to move into third place on GSU’s career doubles list with 44.
Hasty led the team with five RBI while Caldwell and Kylee Love, who hit a two-run homer, each finished with two RBI.
Entering the weekend, South Alabama (17-5, 0-2 SBC) was receiving votes in both top-25 polls. The Panthers (15-9, 2-0 SBC) have now won three straight against the Jags dating back to GSU’s win over USA at the Sun Belt Championships last season in Mobile.
Sunday’s series finale was originally scheduled for a noon start, but with rain expected overnight first pitch has been pushed back to 1 p.m.
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