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Double dip: softball team takes two versus Mercer

Audrey Mason goes to work during the Panther Invitational on Feb. 16. Mike Eden | THE SIGNAL

The Georgia State softball team took both halves of a doubleheader on Wednesday versus Mercer in Macon, Ga..

The Panthers defeated the Bears by a final score of 5-0 in the first game of a the twin bill at Sikes Field.

The Panthers put the first run on the board in the top of the fourth inning as Audrey Mason drove in Callie Alford on a fielders choice.

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Lauren Coleman, Paige Nowacki, Taylor Anderson and MeQuilla Franklin all drove in one one run to account for the rest of the Georgia State scoring.

Pitcher Katie Worley threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and issuing two walks as she won her third game of the year.

Freshman Katie Worley winds up during a Fall 2012 game. Photo courtesy of Georgia State Athletics.
Freshman Katie Worley winds up during a Fall 2012 game. Photo courtesy of Georgia State Athletics.

Julia Rice took the loss for Mercer, her second of the season to go along with four wins.

 

After shutting out Mercer in game 1 of the doubleheader, Georgia State defeated the Bears 9-6 in the second game.

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Mercer jumped out to a three run lead in the bottom of the second inning as infielder Randi Rea tripled to score Kristen Bretscher and Natalie Shiver. Bretschen reached base on a throwing error, one of four the Panthers committed in the game.

Mercer tacked on another run in the third inning on an Ashton Holt single that scored Krista Kennedy.

Georgia State scored five runs in the top of the fith inning to take the lead, 5-4. Paige Nowacki had a solo home run and Brenda Morrissey had a three run homer.

Mercer would retake the lead with two runs in the sixth inning, both unearned.

With three baserunners on and no one out in the top of the seventh inning, Audrey Mason’s grand slam put Georgia State on top by three runs.

The 9-6 margin would prove to be the final score.

The team heads to Florida over the weekend for the Clearwater Softball Tournament.  The team is scheduled to play two games Friday, two games Saturday and one game Sunday.

Their first opponent will be Central Connecticut State on Friday at 11:00 A.M..