Alabama returned to Rhoads Stadium Wednesday, earning a 5-1 win over Georgia State.

Alabama (39-4) scored three runs in the first inning on a pair of singles and added another in the second before Georgia State (5-35) scored its first run on a fielding error in the top of the fourth. Another run in the bottom of the fifth went as the final tally of the night, with the Crimson Tide earning the four-run victory.

Elissa Brown set the table at the top of the order, going 2-for-3 with two run scored and driving in a run on a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the fifth. Junior Claire Jenkins also had a multi-hit game, including an RBI single in the first, while freshman Skylar Wallace knocked in a pair of runs on another first-inning single. Junior Krystal Goodman (7-0) was sharp in the circle, allowing just one unearned run on two hits, striking out four in the complete-game victory.

After a seven-pitch top of the first, Brown got the home half of the inning started with a single up the middle before stealing second and advancing to third on an error. Three batters later, Jenkins drove her in with an RBI single through the left side. Later with two out and the bases loaded, Wallace dropped a single into shallow right, adding a pair to make it 3-0.

Back-to-back errors to start the bottom of the second allowed the Tide to tack on another run, leading 4-0, but a pair of Alabama errors in the top of the fourth allowed Georgia State to break into the run column, 4-1. An RBI sacrifice squeeze in the bottom of the fifth extended Alabama’s lead to 5-1, which proved final as Goodman shut down the Panther lineup over the final two innings.

This weekend, Alabama hosts 13th-ranked Georgia (30-11, 5-7 SEC) for a three-game series at Rhoads Stadium beginning Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2.

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