Sunday Update: Due to the forecast of rain in the afternoon, Sunday's game with Hofstra will be played at 9 a.m. Live stats will be available, but there will not be an audio feed.
ATLANTA – A walk-off single from sophomore Caitlin Ray in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader gave Georgia State its first home win of the season, as the Panthers split the pair of contests against Fordham with a 5-4 loss in game one followed by a 5-4 win in game two.
GSU held a 4-0 lead in game one but fell behind after the Rams rallied to scratch across five runs and take the lead in the top of the seventh. The Panthers finished with three total hits, with two coming from junior second baseman Baylee Sexton.
In game two, it was Fordham who jumped out to the early lead, as GSU found itself trailing 3-0 heading to the bottom half of the fourth. Remington Hasty belted her first home run of the season to cut into the deficit, then in the bottom of the sixth Ray smacked a two-run homer to put the Panthers within one run.
After holding the Rams scoreless in the top of the seventh, Georgia State quickly put runners in scoring position. Skylar Mosel opened the inning with a leadoff walk while Kristin Hawkins reached on an error. Hasty batted in the tying run with a single down the right-field line, giving Ray the chance to give the Panthers the victory.
Ray, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs in game two, delivered in the clutch. She hit a bouncer toward the pitcher’s circle to drive in the winning run as Fordham missed the tag at home plate.
Georgia State will play its final game of the I-75 Challenge Sunday afternoon as the Panthers host Hofstra at 9 a.m. at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.