Archive for May, 2011

Georgia State hoops opens in Seattle

The Ron Hunter men’s basketball era at Georgia State will include games in Seattle in a tournament featuring Portland, Florida Atlantic and Washington. The games will be played Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The schedule was reported by a Seattle news outlet regarding the Huskies’ schedule.

Georgia State’s basketball schedule isn’t out yet.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. You can follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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Georgia State does well in APR

Every Georgia State team surpassed the minimum acceptable score of 925 in the latest Academic Progress Rate announced today by the NCAA.

The APR is used to measure how athletes are progressing through school. The scores released today are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores dating back to 2006-07  academic years. Teams that fail to average 925 are subject to penalties including loss of scholarships.

Notably, the men’s basketball team scored a perfect 1,000 for the 2009-10 year, improving its multi-year rate to 946. Baseball, men’s golf and women’s tennis also achieved perfect scores.

Men’s soccer scored the highest multi-year rate (993).

“We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes, and we congratulate them, as well as our coaches and administrative staff,” athletic director Cheryl L. Levick said in a statement. “As a department, we are committed to providing the resources and support to ensure that our student-athletes …

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Panthers baseball in the CAA tourney

Georgia State’s baseball team is in the CAA tournament for the third consecutive season and though it will be playing the top seed, James Madison, it’s a good matchup for the Panthers.

Georgia State (37-19, 17-13) won its only series against the Dukes (37-17, 21-9), 2-1, earlier this season, taking the second win with a grand slam by Rob Lind in the ninth inning.

It’s similar to the theatrics that pushed the Panthers into the CAA tournament, with Brandon Williams hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning to knock off George Mason on Saturday to clinch the fourth and final spot.

The tournament begins Thursday in Wilmington, N.C. The Panthers will play the Dukes at 3 p.m. Wilmington will face Old Dominion at 7 p.m. It should be noted that Georgia State won the tournament in 2009.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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Baseball team has important series

Georgia State’s baseball team can secure a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament by winning its three-game series against George Mason.

Will Campbell (8-2, 2.85 ERA) will take the mound in Thursday’s 6 p.m. opener at Panthersville against the Patriots (20-30-1, 6-21).

The Panthers (35-18, 15-12) are in fourth and have made the four-team conference tournament the past two seasons, winning it in 2009. The tournament will be held next week in Wilmington.

Friday’s game is at 6 p.m. Charley Olson (5-4, 2.85 ERA) will take the mound. Saturday’s regular season finale is set for 1 p.m. Justin Malone (7-1, 4.09 ERA) will pitch that one.

In addition to securing a spot in the tournament, the Panthers have a chance to set a record for wins in the regular season. The school record for wins is 39, set in 2009.

The Panthers have the CAA’s second-highest team batting average at .312, while the pitching staff’s 4.35 ERA is second.

Thursday’s and Friday’s games will be on …

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Georgia State will take on Georgia

Georgia State’s softball team will play Georgia at 5 p.m. Friday in Athens in the NCAA regional.

The Panthers (36-23) qualified for the tournament by winning the CAA championship. It is Georgia State’s second appearance in the NCAAs.

The Bulldogs are the top seed. Also in the field are Florida State and UAB.

The schedule:

Friday

2:30 p.m. Game 1: UAB vs. Florida State

5 p.m. Game 2: Georgia State vs. Georgia

Saturday

Noon Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

2:30 p.m. Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

5 p.m. Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3

Sunday

Noon Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

2:30 p.m. Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6

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Panthers win CAA softball championship

Georgia State defeated Hofstra 4-2 and 2-0 on Friday to win its first CAA championship in softball.

Lauren Jones hit a three-run homer on a waist-high, inside fastball in the first game to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and a run-scoring single on a changeup in the sixth inning of the second to spark the offense. Alana Thomas was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after pitching both games. She allowed three hits in the second game.

In securing a spot in the NCAA tournament by winning the CAA, the Panthers did something few have done: beat Hofstra, which has won the event eight out of the last nine years. NCAA pairings will be announced at 10 p.m. Sunday. The team will have a viewing party at the restaurant Six Feet Under.

Coming through the loser’s bracket, the Panthers knew they would likely have to beat Hofstra twice to win the title. Even though the Pride had defeated the Panthers seven consecutive times, the challenge didn’t scare the players. Coach Roger …

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Athletes do well in classroom

Georgia State’s athletes averaged a 3.0 grade point average in the spring. As a result, the Panthers student-athletes’ cumulative GPA is 3.03, the sixth consecutive semester it has been at least 3.00.

PRESIDENT’S LIST (GPA of 4.0 or higher)

Emily Althafer, Softball

Cassie Boese, Softball

Bri Cagle, Women’s Soccer

Tyler Claburn, Baseball

Michael Davis, Football

Jewel Evans, Women’s Soccer

Vincent Foermer, Men’s Soccer

Amy French, Women’s Cross Country & Track Katerina Gresova, Women’s Tennis Kalan Jenkins, Football Lindsay Mortellaro, Women’s Soccer Mirjam Pfyl, Volleyball Lucas Santana, Men’s Tennis Anna Sinclair, Women’s Cross Country & Track Kelsey Spinks, Women’s Cross Country & Track Brandy Swann, Women’s Track Vi Truong, Women’s Tennis Victor Valente, Men’s Tennis Vineece Verdun, Volleyball Bailey Woods, Football

DEAN’S LIST (3.5 – 3.99 GPA)

Zanny Anderson, Women’s Cross Country & Track Yolanda Berryhill, Women’s Track & Field Brett …

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Georgia State softball racks up awards

Georgia State’s softball team topped the honorees at the CAA awards banquet in New York.

Nine Panthers were honored, including pitcher McCall Langford (first team), pitcher Kaitlyn Medlam (rookie of the year) and Roger Kincaid (co-coach of the year).

Medlam went 9-2 with a 1.68 ERA. Langford went 13-10 with a 1.71 ERA. Kincaid took over early in the season and led the team to a 15-game conference win streak. The second-seeded Panthers (32-22) open the conference tournament on Wednesday against Towson.

First Team

McCall Langford, P

Second Team

Lauren Jones, 1B

Audrey Mason, OF

Kaitlyn Medlam, P

Brenna Morrissey, DP

Paige Nowacki, SS

All-Rookie

Jessica Clifton, OF

Kaitlyn Medlam, P

Maddy Stanton, C

Rookie of the Year

Kaitlyn Medlam, P

Co-Coach of the Year

Roger Kincaid

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Georgia State baseball ready for Wilmington

It’s time for round 3 in baseball between Georgia State and Wilmington.

Though separated by a few hundred miles, these two schools have become rivals in many sports in the Colonial Athletic Association, with baseball being perhaps the most intense.

The Panthers knocked the Seahawks out of the conference tournament two years ago. The Seahawks returned the favor last year.

The two teams will start a three-game series tonight at the “Harvard by the sea” at 6 p.m. tonight. Both teams are fighting to finish in the top four so that they may advance to this year’s conference tournament.

“When you come into the season you think about them as one of the teams you are going to be battling with,” coach Greg Frady said.

There are five teams battling for the four spots in the conference’s short tournament.

The Panthers, 33-13 overall, 13-8 in the conference and coming off a three-game sweep of Hofstra, are one of them. Wilmington is a game behind Georgia State. Both teams trail …

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Baseball, softball with big series coming up

Georgia State’s baseball team will take on Wilmington in a key series this weekend. The Panthers are tied for third in the Colonial Athletic Association with Old Dominion.

There are five teams battling for the four spots in the conference’s short tournament.

The Panthers, 33-13 overall, 13-8 in the conference and coming off a three-game sweep of Hofstra, are one of them. Wilmington is a game behind Georgia State. Both teams trail Delaware and James Madison, which are tied for first at 15-9. William and Mary are trying to fight their way into the picture. The Panthers have a series remaining in Williamsburg.

In softball, the second-place Panthers (15-2) will take on league leaders Hofstra (16-1) this weekend. The series winner takes the regular season and will host the conference tournament. Bad news for Georgia State: Hofstra has won 25 in a row at home. Oh, and Hofstra has only lost two CAA series in school history. That’s right. Neither of them came at home. The good news is …

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