Georgia State Plates two in the 13th to Sting Cajuns in Finale
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns had their sights set on a Sun Belt Conference series sweep of the Georgia State Panthers but it was not to be. The Panthers plate two runs in the 13th inning to come back to win, 7-6.
Each team got off to a decent offensive start, scoring a run each in the first inning and then Georgia State took the lead in the 3rd when Megan Litumbe hit a sacrifice fly to score Reagan Morgan. That gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
From there the Cajuns would score in three straight innings to take back the lead and enjoy a comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, or so they thought.
In that seventh inning it was Cassidy Chaumont who committed a costly defensive mistake that allowed for three unearned runs off of starter Summer Ellyson and just like that, we were knotted at 5.
The teams battled through extra innings scoreless until the Cajuns finally broke the drought in the 13th. It was a Brittany Rodriguez double and she would eventually be knocked in when Beth Ashley hit a sacrifice fly. UL lead 6-5.
Casey Dixon entered the game in the bottom of the 13th trying to hold the slim, one-run lead. She was able to get the first out with no problems but then Litumbe singled, Kristen McMonigle doubled to score Taylor Chadwick who ran for Litumbe, and we were once again tied, this time at 6.
Unfortunately, the game wouldn't remain tied for too long because with two-outs and McMonigle still on second it was Kristin Hawkins who stung Dixon for a single up the middle. Aeriyl Mass made an attempt to throw the runner out at the plate but the throw was late and the Panthers salvaged the finale in walk-off fashion, 7-6.
With the loss the Cajuns fall to 29-10 on the season.