What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State's 12-4 win over Northern Kentucky is the 500th career coaching victory for head coach Greg Frady.
* Freshman Terrell Frazier his a three-run homer and Jarrett Hood and Will Kilgore drove in two runs each.
* Freshman Hunter Gaddis threw four scoreless innings in his first start and Tanner Thomson earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings in relief.
ATLANTA -- Freshman Terrell Frazier hit a three-run homer and Jarrett Hood and Will Kilgore drove in two runs each as Georgia State won 12-4 over Northern Kentucky in the 500th career coaching victory for head coach Greg Frady.
In his 11th season, Frady has recorded 313 victories at Georgia State after earning 187 wins as the head coach at North Florida C.C. from 1991-96.
Freshman right-hander Hunter Gaddis made his first start on the mound for the Panthers and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Junior righty Tanner Thomson (1-0) earned the victory with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief in which he allowed just one hit and struck out four. Devin Vainer added two more strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning as Panther pitchers combined for 13 punchouts.
Georgia State (6-3), which improved to 5-0 at home, jumped on the Norse (1-8) with four runs in the first inning. Romero Greer and Darius Sewell drove in runs with infield singles, and then Kilgore delivered a two-run single for the early 4-0 lead. The Panthers added two more in the second on Justin Jones' RBI-double and Hood's run-scoring single, and then Ryan Blanton extended the lead to 7-0 with a run-scoring single in the third.
Northern Kentucky got on the board with four runs in the fifth, but Thomson came on to end the inning with a strikeout and the Norse managed only two more baserunners the rest of the way.
"It was great to see us come out ready to go. We played so well early that it was almost hard to maintain that level. We hit a little spot in the middle where we had to regroup and we did," Frady said.
"I want to congratulate Hunter Gaddis on a great performance in his first start, and I want to congratulate Tanner Thomson on a great relief effort and then Devin Vainer got the last three outs," Frady continued. "It was a great relief outing by Tanner because we had lost some momentum and they had runners on but he made pitches in big spots. It's been a tough couple of days for Tanner because his grandfather passed away, so that was great to see."
Leading 8-4, Georgia State added four more in the eighth, highlighted by Frazier's pinch-hit, three-run blast, the second homer in three games for the rookie.
Every GSU starter had at least one hit, led by Blanton with three. Jones was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Greer had two hits on the day to keep his season batting average at .500.
The series concludes with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.