Tide Softball Upset By Georgia State

Sometimes, the saying goes, the Mets can beat the Yankees. And so it is in college softball. What are the chances the nation's second ranked team could lose a non-conference game at home? Now we know that it can happen.

Second-ranked Alabama, playing at home in Rhoads Stadium on a chilly Tuesday evening, dropped its first non-conference game of the season as Georgia State scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 decision over the Crimson Tide.

Coming off a big offensive output for an easy victory over South Carolina and its 40th victory of the year Sunday, Bama could manage only four hits and an unearned run against the Panthers. The Tide fell to 40-3 on the season. Georgia State improved to 32-12.

Alabama's only run was unearned. Jackey Branham opened the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Dawson. Kayla Braud bunted for a single, and when the Georgia State third baseman bobbled the ball, Branham was able to score and give the Tide a 1-0 lead.

Freshman Leslie Jury took the loss for Alabama, falling to 10-3 on the year. She faced three batters in the fifth before giving way to Amanda Locke. Jury gave up only two hits and two walks, but also had an error, and was charged with allowing three runs (two earned). Locke in relief gave up four hits and two runs. Callie Alford had the big hit for the Panthers, a two-run single.

Georgia State outhit Alabama, 6-4. Senior Jennifer Fenton paced the Tide with a team-high two hits and a walk.

The non-conference home loss was the first for Alabama since it fell to No. 7 Michigan at the Easton Challenge on March 6, 2010. It was the first non-conference home loss to an unranked opponent since Ohio State downed UA at the Crimson Classic on March 3, 2006.

Now Alabama faces another Georgia team, the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Athens this weekend as the Tide gets back into Southeastern Conference play. The series begins at 8 p.;m. EDT (7 central) Thursday with television coverage by ESPN2.

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