ATLANTA – Georgia State’s softball team ended the 2018 regular season with a victory as the Panthers blanked rival Georgia Southern 8-0 in five innings to take two of three from the Eagles.
Game 1: GS 7, GSU 5 (Eight Innings)
Georgia Southern won in extra innings in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader to even the series at a game apiece.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, but Georgia State answered with a pair of runs in the home half to make it 3-2, GS, after two frames.
Both teams scored in the third as well and the Panthers got on the board again in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4.
The Eagles wasted no time retaking the lead with a run in the sixth, but senior Cassidy Faulk tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as she came home on an error by the GS shortstop.
Georgia Southern went in front 7-5 in the top of the eighth and held GSU off the board in the home half to take the game.
Game 2: GSU 8, GS 0 (Five Innings)
Georgia State wasted no time in the series finale as the Panthers pounced for six runs on six hits in the first inning before a single out was recorded.
Kristin Hawkins then tripled off the wall in dead-center to score a pair and make it 5-0.
Finally, Remington Hasty singled to bring in Hawkins from third to put GSU in front 6-0.
In the bottom of the second, Hawkins picked up her third RBI of the game with a sac fly to make it a 7-0 ballgame.
Seniors Cassidy Faulk and Brenna Skalski led off the fifth inning with back-to-back walks and fellow senior Taylor Bradley, making her first start since Feb. 16 due to injury, laid down a sac bunt to move the runners over.
Mandy Chance shutout the Eagles over five innings to improve to 12-8 on the year.
Georgia State’s seniors ended their careers at Bob Heck Field with a big win over their rival and were honored postgame with a Senior Day ceremony.
Litumbe went 3-for-3 with two RBI in her final home game. Drake drew a walk and scored a run. Faulk scored the final run of the game, Skalski walked and Bradley made two nice plays in the field to go with her sac bunt.
All six seniors contributed in the win as the Panthers reached 30 wins for the 12th straight season.
The Panthers will wait for Sun Belt action to conclude on Sunday to find out their seeding in next week’s Sun Belt Tournament in Lafayette, La.