What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State moved to 2-0 with a 6-4 victory over Western Michigan.
* Ryan Blanton drove in two runs and Will Kilgore delivered a key two-run single.
* Freshman Hunter Gaddis earned the win in relief and Rhett Harper recorded his first career save.
ATLANTA -- Ryan Blanton drove in three runs and Will Kilgore delivered a key 2-run single as Georgia State moved to 2-0 with a 6-4 victory over Western Michigan in the Atlanta Challenge Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
The Panthers fell behind 2-0 early before a five-run fourth inning sent them on their way to victory.
Georgia State opened the fourth inning with three straight walks to chase WMU starter Andrew Reisinger (0-1). Romero Greer drew a one-out walk to bring home the Panthers' first run, and then Kilgore delivered a two-run single to left center to give GSU a 3-2 lead. Kilgore and Darius Sewell moved up to second and third when the left fielder bobbled the ball, setting up Blanton's two-run single through the right side.
Western Michigan inched closer on Nick Vogelmeier's solo homer that led off the sixth inning, but the Panthers answered with Blanton's sacrifice fly in the bottom half for a 6-3 advantage.
"Offensively, today was a grind. We could never really get it going, but we had a magical moment with a fiver-run fourth inning, and that was the difference in the game," head coach Greg Frady said. "Every game is different, and a good team finds a way to maximize the day and win the game, and we did that today.
Gaddis, the 6-5 right-hander from Sequoyah High School in Canton, came on in the fifth inning and threw three innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out four.
"Hunter got the stop that we needed, and I want to congratulate him on his first college win."
Harper pitched the final two innings for the save.
Greer, the junior third baseman who joined the program from Pensacola State College, was 2-for-3 with an RBI. More importantly, he made four sensational defensive plays at the hot corner.
"Romero Greer was fantastic defensively today, and he really helped us offensively as well," Frady said. "He has certainly established himself early in the season."
Georgia State concludes the Atlanta Challenge by facing BYU on Monday at 3:45 p.m.