ATLANTA, Ga. - Junior pitcher Katie Lingmai broke the Towson University career strikeout record in game one of a doubleheader at Georgia State on Saturday. The Panthers (22-11, 2-3 CAA) earned a victory over the Tigers (15-16, 2-3 CAA) in both games of the Colonial Athletic Association series.
Georgia State won game one by a 4-0 score and took the second game, 8-1.
In game one, Georgia State took an early lead as Paige Nowacki had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first.
Lingmai, who entered the day tied with Jess Wides with 434 strikeouts, broke the record in the bottom of the second as she struck out Audrey Mason.
The Panthers added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lauren Coleman had a bases loaded double to give Georgia State a 4-0 lead.
Alana Thomas earned the win for Georgia State with a complete game performance. She held the Tigers to four hits while striking out nine. Lingmai took the loss as she gave up four runs on three hits. She finished with four strikeouts and now has 438 for her career.
No player had more than one hit for either team in the game.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in game two with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Georgia State would add to its lead with three runs in the third. Callie Alford had a three-run home run in the inning for the Panthers.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Senior centerfielder Erika Stasch reached on a single and with two outs advanced to third. Junior catcher Jillian Donnelly then reached on an error which allowed Stasch to score.
Georgia State would score three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mason had a triple that scored a pair while Alford doubled home the other run in the inning.
McCall Langford earned the win in the circle for the Panthers. She allowed one run on three hits in five innings while Erin Collins pitched the final two innings and did not allow a hit. Senior pitcher Dominique Ortega took the loss for the Tigers after allowing eight runs on 11 hits in four innings of work. Freshman pitcher Missy McCormick pitched the final two innings for the Tigers and did not allow a hit.
Alford led Georgia State as she went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Stasch was 2-for-3 and scored the run for the Tigers.
Towson returns to action on Sunday, Apr. 1 when the Tigers wrap up the series by facing Georgia State at noon.