What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State split a doubleheader with Coastal Carolina on Friday afternoon in Conway, S.C. The Panthers took Game 1 8-1, before the Chanticleers took Game 2 8-2.
* Megan Litumbe hit two home runs in Game 1 to move ahead of teammate Ivie Drake for the most career home runs in program history with 43.
* Georgia State goes for the series win on Saturday at 1 p.m. from Conway, S.C.
CONWAY, S.C. - Georgia State (27-16, 12-4 SBC) split a conference doubleheader with Coastal Carolina (29-14, 7-9 Sun Belt) on Friday afternoon. The Panthers took Game 1 of the series 8-1, before the Chanticleers came back and took Game 2 8-2.
Game 1: Georgia State 8, Coastal Carolina 1
For Litumbe, it was the 42nd and 43rd home runs of her career, moving her ahead of Ivie Drake for the most career home runs in program history.
Junior Kinsley Jennings went 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run for the Panthers. She finished the game striking out six to improve to 13-7 and lower her ERA to 2.03.
The Panthers got on the board first with a run in the top of the second as Caldwell scored after a ground out by Kirsten McMonigle.
Coastal tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a home run from Kassidy Smith, but that would be the lone run the Chanticleers would get across the plate.
Litumbe’s first home run of the game came in the top of the sixth as she hit a two-run dinger to put GSU ahead 3-1.
The Panthers would add five more in the top of the seventh, including another two-run shot from Litumbe and Caldwell’s solo shot. The duo each finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Game 2: Coastal Carolina 8, Georgia State 2
Coastal Carolina earned an 8-2 Game 2 win over Georgia State, getting its offense started with a big third inning.
The Chanticleers got on the board first with four runs, all with one out, in the bottom of the third. The four runs chased Mandy Chance after just 2.1 innings. Chance would earn the loss and fall to 6-5. She was one of four Georgia State pitchers used in the second game of the day.
The Chanticleers added two more in the bottom of the fourth before the Panthers got on the board with a McMonigle groundout in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-1.
Coastal Carolina added two more in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-1. The Panthers would score one more in the top of the sixth on an Arden Jobe sac fly, scoring Taylor Chadwick, but that is as close as GSU would get.
Ashley Guillette (11-6) pitched a strong second game for Coastal Carolina, going 5.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run.
The Panthers managed seven walks in the game, but unfortunately left 12 runners on base.
Georgia State will look for the series win on Saturday. First pitch from Conway, S.C., is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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