Alabama Softball Tops Georgia State

Alabama edged out Georgia State in a midweek matchup at Rhoads Stadium, defeating the Panthers 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Alabama (25-4) used all three of its pitchers, as Leslie Jury (11-2) earned the win throwing 5.1 innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts. Sydney Littlejohn got the final two outs in the sixth inning and Jaclyn Traina threw in the seventh, allowing one run in her first save of the season.

Haylie McCleney led the offense, going 2-3 to extend her hitting streak to 15 games in her fifth-straight game with at least two hits.

Georgia State (13-13) falls to .500 with its 13th loss of the season, as the Panthers struggled on offense, leaving 10 runners on base. Starter Eron Milton (3-2) took the loss in the circle, lasting 4.1 innings with two earned runs off five hits.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third, when McCleney knocked a single up the middle and Andrea Hawkins followed that with an RBI triple to deep left field, scoring McCleney to make it 1-0. Alabama added some cushion in the bottom of the fifth, as McCleney hit a line-drive homer over the right field wall to score two, making it 3-0.

Georgia State threatened in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with just one out as Sydney Littlejohn entered to get out of the jam. Littlejohn forced a foul-pop and a groundout to escape unscathed. Alabama couldn't add insurance in the bottom of the sixth, as Traina entered to pitch in the seventh looking to close out the game. Georgia State avoided the shutout with an RBI single but could not sustain a rally, as the Crimson Tide held on to win 3-1 and stretch its winning streak to eight games.

This weekend, Alabama heads to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game series against the No. 1/2 Florida Gators (28-2, 4-2 SEC). Game one is on Friday with first pitch shortly after 5 p.m. CT, while games two and three are set for Noon CT first pitches on Saturday and Sunday.

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