WHITAKER’S TWO-RUN SHOT GIVES GEORGIA STATE 3-2 TRIUMPH OVER TOWSON
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 11, 2011) - Junior Emily Whitaker hammered a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give second-seeded Georgia State a 3-2 triumph over third-seeded Towson in Wednesday's second game of the CAA Championship at the Hofstra Softball Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.
Whitaker led the Panthers with two hits, including her first career home run, and a pair of RBI while a trio of her teammates also registered hits on the afternoon. Senior Sammi DiPompo and junior Andrea Stevenson tallied a team-high two hits apiece for the Tigers.
Freshman Kaitlyn Medlam earned her 10th win of the season for the Panthers after allowing only two hits and one run, while fanning five in six innings on the mound. Sophomore Katie Lingmai went the distance for the Tigers, registering nine strikeouts while allowing five hits and three earned runs.
With the win, Georgia State improves to 33-22 on the year and advances through to the winner's bracket to play top-seed Hofstra at Noon on Thursday. The Tigers, who fell to 27-25 will meet fourth-seeded Delaware at 2:30 p.m. The fifth game of the championship will be played at 5:00 p.m, featuring the loser of the 12:00 p.m. game and the victor of the 2:30 p.m. contest.
DiPompo sent a one-out shot down the left field line to reach base in the opening frame, but would be tagged out trying to steal second to end the top of the inning. It would remain scoreless heading into the second as the Panthers would leave sophomore Brenna Morrissey stranded after she reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a Tiger error.
The Tigers squandered another scoring opportunity in the top of the second inning as Stevenson recorded an infield single and reached second on a sacrifice fly by classmate Lindsey Kent but was left stranded after sophomore Jillian Donnelly grounded out and Panthers' sophomore ace McCall Langford fanned junior Brianna Jones for her second strikeout of the game.
The contest remained knotted in a scoreless tie until the top of the fifth. Donnelly singled up the middle for her first hit of the game and would advance to third after a sacrifice bunt by Jones and a groundout by junior Courtney Wittner. Tigers' sophomore Bina Abbott drove Donnelly home on a two-out infield hit to GSU shortstop Paige Nowacki, who could not gain control of the ball in time to throw her out at first.
The Panthers' first hit of the afternoon came from Whitaker, who secured a two-out single to center. She would be left stranded after junior Megan Kallatsa lined out to DiPompo. Jones would register the squad's second hit of the game in the sixth, but she too would be stranded after Lingmai fanned Nowacki to end the frame.
Sophomore Audrey Mason reached first on a walk to lead off the seventh inning and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Whitney Phillips. Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Sparks came in to pinch hit with one out in the seventh and did the job by driving a shot through an infield hole to bring home Mason and square the score at 1-1.
After Stevenson sent a shot over the right field wall to lead off the top of the 12th inning, it looked like the Tigers had the game in hand. The Panthers would play spoiler once again though as Whitaker hammered a two-out two-run walk-off home run to center field to bring home Mason and send her squad to victory.
Wednesday, May 11
Game 1: #1 Hofstra 9, #4 Delaware 0 (F/5)
Game 2: #2 Georgia State 3, #3 Towson 2 (F/12)
Thursday, May 12
Game 3: Hofstra (39-11) vs. Georgia State (33-22), 12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Delaware (21-33) vs. Towson (27-25), 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 (championship round)
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 12:00 p.m.
Game 7: same two teams (if necessary), 30 minutes following