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Georgia State's Ashley Christy

Georgia State Stifles James Madison, 9-1, Earns Berth In CAA Softball Finals

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/11/2012
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 11, 2012) - Six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning capped a 9-1 win by defending CAA champion and third-seed Georgia State over second-seed James Madison in the 2012 CAA Softball Championship in Hempstead, N.Y. on Friday afternoon. The win advanced them into Saturday's finals against top-seed Hofstra at 12 p.m.

Freshman first baseman Lauren Coleman and freshman outfielder Ashley Christy both had two hits and two RBIs to pace the Panthers (38-17, 15-8 in CAA) offensively. Christy had a two-run triple in the third inning to open up the scoring, giving GSU a 2-1 advantage.

Junior pitcher McCall Langford lasted the entire 5.0 innings in the circle, allowing five hits while striking out as many batters. The lefty improves her record to 12-6 on the season.

The loss ended the Dukes' season at 30-26. Sophomore third baseman Caitlin Sandy led JMU, going 2-for-3 from the plate and freshman catcher Sarah Mooney went 1-for-3, driving in JMU's only run of the contest.

The Panthers batted around in the pivotal fifth-inning and picked up three consecutive bases-loaded singles by Brenna Morrissey, Jessica Clifton and Coleman.

Clifton and Christina Reed contributed multiple-hit games to the cause which saw GSU reach a total of 10 hits.

Freshman third baseman Callie Alford ended the game on a hit-by-pitch that drove in the ninth Panther run for the run-rule. Alford started the inning with a stand-up double.

It was the second time in the championship that the Panthers defeated James Madison, winning 7-4 in yesterday's opening round.

In an almost identical scenario to last season's championship run, Georgia State advances to the finals of the CAA championship to face Hofstra. The Panthers will need to win two games against the host Pride to repeat as conference champs.