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Georgia State's Paige Nowacki

Georgia State's Bats Come Alive, Post A 7-4 Over James Madison

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/10/2012
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 10, 2012) - Georgia State scored five two-out runs and pitcher McCall Langford limited James Madison to four runs over 6 2/3 innings pitched to lift the third-seeded Panthers to a 7-4 win over second-seed James Madison in the opening round of the 2012 CAA Softball Championship at the Hofstra Softball Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. on Thursday.

Georgia State improved to 37-16 on the season and advances to the winner's bracket where it will face top-seeded Hofstra at 12 p.m. on Friday. JMU dropped to 29-25 and squares off with fourth-seeded Delaware at 2:30 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner of the JMU/Delaware game will face the loser of GSU/Hofstra with the winner of that game advancing to the championship round against the winner between the Pride and Panthers.

Panthers' third basemen Paige Nowacki led the charge offensively, blasting a two-run homerun for her 10th long ball of the season. Catcher Callie Alford went 2-for-5 at the plate and added an RBI. Junior second baseman Whitney Phillips went 2-for-3, also with a run batted in.

Freshman pitcher Heather Kiefer took the loss for the Dukes, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Freshman designated player Sarah Mooney led JMU, going 2-for-4, with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.

After a scoreless first two innings, Georgia State struck first, as Alford doubled to center field, driving home junior Audrey Mason from second base to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

The Panthers pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fourth, as junior shortstop Brenna Morrissey scored from third base on a single to right field from Phillips.

JMU posted its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, as Mooney doubled, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a single up the middle by junior centerfielder Jasmine Butler.

Nowacki's two-run homer in the top of the fifth pushed the Georgia State advantage to 4-1. Freshman first baseman Lauren Coleman added a run for the Panthers to extend the lead to 5-1.

Georgia State added two more runs in the sixth inning, scoring on a wild pitch and a walk with the bases loaded to put the game out of reach.

The Dukes had one final chance in the seventh, after Mooney's two-run homer cut the lead to 7-4, then JMU posted runners on first and second to bring the tying run to the plate. Kaitlyn Medlam came in out of the bullpen, earning the final out of the game and her fourth save of the season.

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