DECATUR, Ga. – The DePaul softball team closed out its run at the I-75 Challenge with a 6-3 loss to Georgia State on Sunday morning. The Blue Demons finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, picking up two wins against Kennesaw State while splitting with Georgia Tech.
Georgia State (12-8) opened the game with a 3-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI-double by Caitlin Ray and two-run double by Brenna Skalski.
DePaul (14-5) chipped within two runs, 3-1, in the top of the fourth as an RBI-double by first baseman Morgan Greenwood drove in the Blue Demons’ first run of the contest.
The Panthers struck again in the bottom of the fourth, gaining a five-run, 6-1 lead off a bases-clearing, three-run triple by catcher Ivie Drake.
While the Blue Demons crawled within three, 6-3, in the top of the sixth as catcher Jessica Cothern and right fielder Megan Leyva each lifted solo home runs over the left field fence, DePaul could not overcome Georgia State’s early lead to suffer its fifth loss of the season.
DePaul’s Kennedy Garcia (1-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three earned runs on five hits in two innings of work.
After a four-day break from action, DePaul will head west to Las Vegas, Nev., where the Blue Demons will compete in the Rebel Classic March 8-10. DePaul will open the Rebel Classic on Thursday when it battles New Mexico State at 8 p.m. On day two of the Classic, the Blue Demons will meet Portland State at 1:15 p.m. and then square off with host UNLV at 5:45 p.m. The Blue Demons will conclude their time in Las Vegas on Saturday against No. 1 Washington at 11 a.m.