What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State moved to 3-0 with a 3-2, 10-inning walk-off win over BYU.
* Nick Gatewood's pinch-hit single in the sixth tied the game, and then Payton Mann won it with an infield single in the 10th.
* Relievers Jansen Acton and Logan Barnette (1-0) finished the game with five scoreless innings.
* Georgia State plays at Kennesaw State Tuesday at 4 p.m. (1340 The Fan 3).


 

ATLANTA -- Payton Mann legged out an infield single to score pinch runner Wahid Ali with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning and give Georgia State a 3-2 win over BYU Monday at the GSU Baseball Complex. Georgia State moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

Nick Gatewood tied the game for the Panthers with a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning, and relievers Jansen Acton and Logan Barnette (1-0) finished the game with five scoreless innings.

Romero Greer, the Panthers' hottest hitter who figured in all three GSU runs, led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single and then advanced to second on Jack Thompson's sacrifice bunt. That pair had combined to end BYU's threat in the top half of the inning as Greer made a nice stop at third base and Thompson dug out the throw at first base for the third out.

Greer moved to third with two outs on ground ball and gave way to pinch runner Wahid Ali. Mann, the senior tranfer catcher, hit a slow ground ball to short and was ruled safe at first to score the winning run.

"I think that's one of the best wins we've ever had here at Panthersville," head coach Greg Frady said. "BYU is a very, very good baseball team, and they're going to win a lot of game. Not only did we match them, but we found a way at the end to win the baseball game. That does a lot for the confidence of our team."

Georgia State starter Bryan White pitched five innings, allowing single runs in the second inning, but the Panthers got one run back in the bottom of the frame. Greer led off with a bunt single, and Thompson followed with a single down the left field line. With runners at first and third, Luke Leonard hit into a double play, but that allowed Greer to trot home with the first run.

BYU (1-2) still led 2-1 in the sixth inning. Singles by Darius Sewell and Greer gave the Panthers runners at first and third, and Gatewood delivered his two-out, pinch-hit single to tie the game at 2-2.

Making his GSU debut, junior reliever Jansen Acton came on in the sixth inning and retired the first seven batters he faced. With a runner at third and two outs, he gave way to Barnette, who recorded the third out on a fly ball.

Barnette, the sophomore right-hander who missed the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury, allowed two hits and struck out two in 2.1 innings to earn his first victory.

"Bryan White gave us a good start, Jansen Acton did a really good job in the middle, and Logan Barnette did his job at the end," Frady said.

Greer, a junior college transfer, was 4-for-5 on the night and is hitting .667 (8-for-12) through three games. Justin Jones added three hits and Ryan Blanton two for the Panthers.

Georgia State plays at Kennesaw State Tuesday at 4 p.m. The game will air on 1340 The Fan 3.