The Georgia State University softball team won two of three this past weekend at Panthersville. On Saturday, the Panthers swept Colonial Athletic Association opponent James Madison by scores of 7-1 and 9-2.
In the first game, Panther left-handed freshman starting pitcher McCall Langford improved to 11-2 on the season with five shutout innings, and sophomore right-handed reliever Alana Thomas earned her second save. The Dukes still had 10 hits, but three GSU double plays and only one James Madison extra-base hit assured the victory for Georgia State.
In the second game, Georgia State freshman RF Whitney Phillips, who had a three-run triple in the first game, hit two home runs, added two singles, scored four runs and drove in four. GSU sophomore right-handed reliever Erin Collins and Thomas pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings, with Thomas improving to 9-3 on the season.
On Sunday, JMU starter Cara Stecher scattered 10 hits but only gave up two earned runs in a 4-3 Georgia State loss. The Panthers never gave up, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the final result close.
Phillips was named CAA Rookie of the Week. She has had to fight back from some broken right fingers. Phillips told Georgia State Sports Communications, “It (the injury) was frustrating. It took me a couple games to get back. I just came out and tried to be strong for the team and keep fighting through it.”
Junior 1B Lauren Jones was voted CAA Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season. Against James Madison, she was 5-for-6 at the plate and walked five times, improving her batting average to .330.
Georgia State next plays three conference games this weekend at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. In the CAA, the Panthers are in second place at 8-4, with a 29-14 overall record.