What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State's six-run seventh inning powered a 10-6 victory over Northern Kentucky.
* Cam Sperry homered and drove in a career-high four runs.
* Jarrett Hood also homered, Justin Jones had two RBI and Bryce Conley pitched seven innings for the win.
ATLANTA -- Cam Sperry homered to highlight a six-run seventh inning and drove in a career-high four runs as Georgia State downed Northern Kentucky
in the opening game a three-game series Friday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Sperry's two-run blast to deep right center, his first of the season, started the Panthers six-run seventh that broke a 4-4 tie. Two batters later,
Jarrett Hood came off the bench for a pinch-hit, solo homer, his first, to put GSU ahead 7-4.
The Panthers (5-3) then loaded the bases, and Justin Jones drew a hit by pitch, and then Romero Greer delivered a run-scoring single for a 9-4 lead.
Sperry brought home the final run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk to put the Panthers in command, 10-4.
After falling behind 4-0 early, Georgia State got on the board in the third inning as Luke Leonard led off with a single and came home on an RBI
single by Justin Jones. The Panthers inched closer with two runs in the fifth as Jones came around to score from second base on a wild pitch, and
then Sperry drove in a Romero Greer with a sacrifice fly.
Georgia State starter Bryce Conley (2-1) allowed four runs in the first three innings but then settled in and retired 12 of 14 batters in the
fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings with five strikeouts. His final line saw him allow four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no
walks in seven innings.
"I'm proud of our team for never giving up and grinding out this win by playing all nine innings," head coach Greg Frady said. "Tonight, I felt like we won the back six innings of the game after the first three didn't go our way. I really want to compliment Bryce Conley. He had a rough start to the game, but he never panicked and he found himself and put us in position to win."
Rhett Harper recorded the final five outs for the Panthers.
NKU (1-7) starter Trey Ganns allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings but did not figure in the decision. Ganns also had two hits and two RBI for
The series continues with a 2 p.m. game Saturday.