What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State's late rally came up just short in an 8-7 loss to Northern Kentucky, the Panthers' first home loss this season.
* Ryan Blanton and Jarrett Hood drove in two runs each.
* Romero Greer went 3-for-4 to raise his Sun Belt-leading average to .531.
ATLANTA -- Georgia State's late rally came up just short in an 8-7 loss to Northern Kentucky Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex, the Panthers' first home loss of the season.
Georgia State (6-4), which won the series two games to one, fell behind 7-0 before coming alive with five runs in the fifth inning. After the teams traded runs in the seventh, the Panthers entered the ninth down 8-6. Ryan Blanton led off with a single and then Justin Jones doubled to the left field corner to put runners at second and third. Romero Greer lined sharply to right field, but T.J. Alas managed a shoestring catch. Blanton came home on the sacrifice fly, but Jones had to scamper back to second.
With GSU now trailing 8-7, pinch hitter Nick Gatewood scorched another ball to right field that appeared like it might get over Alas' head and tie the game, but he made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out. NKU reliever Cameron Ross got Jarrett Hood to ground out for the final out.
After managing just one hit and no runs in the first four innings, the Panthers scored five in the fifth, leading off the inning with six straight hits. Darius Sewell tripled to right field, then Payton Mann singled up the middle to bring him home and MiKe Huggins singled. With two on, Blanton tripled down the line and into the right field corner to score two. That was Blanton's second triple of the series.
After Jones singled home Blanton, Greer singled to put runners at first and third. With one out, Hood's ground ball to short brought home the Panthers fifth run before left-handed reliever Charlie Jerger ended the threat.
Jerger (1-1) earned the win by pitching four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
Blanton finished the game with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Hood also had two RBI. Greer went 3-for-4 to raise his Sun Belt Conference-leading batting average to .531.
Georgia State plays two mid-week games at No. 9 Ole Miss, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET and Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on SEC Network Plus/WatchESPN.