Friday matchup features 7-2 Hunter Gaddis vs. 5-0 Colten Schmidt.
Softball's Ivie Drake and baseball's Nick Gatewood excel at the plate and behind it.
Leadoff hitter Kendall Ford went 5-for-5 to spark the Panthers to a 9-5 victory over Savannah State Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Georgia State hosts Savannah State in the first of two contests in nine days as the teams will meet again in Atlanta next Wednesday, May 2. The Panthers hold a 14-3 lead in the series, including a 9-2 mark under head coach Greg Frady (since 2007). GSU won last year's lone meeting, 3-0 in Atlanta as Jordan Lee and six relievers combined for the shutout.
Georgia State had the winning run at the plate in the ninth inning but fell 3-1 at No. 16 Coastal Carolina Sunday at Springs Brooks Stadium.
The three-game series will be decided in a 1 p.m. game Sunday.
Jack Thompson, Will Kilgore and Justin Jones hit solo home runs to back a strong pitching effort by Hunter Gaddis and five relievers as Georgia State knocked off No. 16 Coastal Carolina 3-2 in their Sun Belt Conference series opener Friday at Springs Brooks Stadium.
Georgia State travels to Sun Belt Conference leader Coastal Carolina, ranked as high as No. 16, as the Panthers make their first ever visit to the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina swept last year's three-game series in Atlanta in the first meeting between the two schools.
Jack Thompson and Will Kilgore homered and Georgia State defeated in-state rival Mercer for the fourth time in the last five games.
Georgia State has won three of the last four against Mercer and five of the last seven meetings.
Georgia State dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Texas State, 10-5 (11) and 9-3, Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Romero Greer had a career-high four RBI and the Panthers scored four runs in the ninth inning before falling 10-9 to Texas State.