What You Need to Know:
* Justin Jones' two-run double in the 11th inning lifted Georgia State to a 2-0 win at No. 14 Ole Miss.
* GSU pitchers Devin Vainer, Liam Henry, Logan Barnette and Rhett Harper combined for the three-hit shutout.
* The GSU staff held Ole Miss to one run and six hits in 19 innings in the two-game series split.
OXFORD, MISS. -- Four Georgia State pitchers tossed 11 scoreless innings and Justin Jones' two-run double in the 11th inning produced the game's
only runs as the Panthers knocked off No. 14 Ole Miss 2-0 (11) Wednesday at Swayze Field.
The Rebels (8-5), ranked as high as No. 14 by Perfect Game, are the highest-ranked team Georgia State (7-5) has beaten since a 5-4 win over No. 9 Georgia Tech in 2012.
In a scoreless game, Mike Huggins led off the top of the 11th inning with a single, and Ryan Blanton doubled over the rightfielder's head to put
runners at second and third with no outs. Then Jones, the Panthers' junior shortstop, ripped the 1-2 pitch inside the bag at third base and into
left field to score both runners.
"Justin Jones played a great series and a great game today," head coach Greg Frady said. "He means so much to our team, offensively and
defensively; he really is our rock."
Logan Barnette (2-0) allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings to earn the victory. After GSU took the lead, Rhett Harper came on and struck
out the first two Rebels before ending the game with a groundout to pick up his second save.
GSU starter Devin Vainer allowed two hits and two walks with four strikeouts before giving way to Liam Henry with one out and one on in the fourth.
Henry came in with a 2-0 count but struck out Kyle Watson and proceeded to retire all eight batter he faced in 2.2 innings.
Barnette took over to start the seventh inning. He retired the Rebels in order in the seventh and ninth innings but had to work out of a first-
and-third with two outs situation in the eighth, when he induced an inning-inning groundout, and a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, when he struck out
Thomas Dillard looking for the third out.
"It was a really big step forward for our pitching staff at a time when we really needed it," Frady said. "I want to compliment [pitching coach]
Chris Bootcheck, who called a great game, and our catchers did a great job. Our pitchers did a good job of throwing the ball in the strike zone and
pitching to contact and we played good defense behind them.
"I can't say enough good things about what Devin Vainer is doing for us," Frady continued. "He leads our team in appearances, and today we needed
him to make a spot start and he did a great job. Liam Henry came in behind him and also did a great job. Logan Barnette pitched longer than he has
in two years, and Rhett Harper pitched on back-to-back days."
Ole Miss starter Will Ethridge was perfect for 5.2 innings until Huggins singled with two outs in the sixth. Ethridge pitched 7.2 scoreless innings
with 10 strikeouts and only two hits allowed. Dallas Woolfolk (1-1) took the loss.
The two teams split their two-game midweek series, with Ole Miss winning 1-0 on Tuesday. GSU pitchers allowed just six hits and one run, a solo
homer, in 19 innings against the Rebels.
Today's win is Georgia State's second victory at Ole Miss in the last four years and fourth against an SEC foe in the last five seasons. The
Panthers downed the Rebels 6-4 in 2014 and earned back-to-back wins over Georgia in 2013 and 2014.
Any time you can go on the road to an SEC venue and beat a really good, Top 25 team, it helps your confidence.
The Panthers play three games at the LakePoint Sporting Complex in Emerson, Ga., this weekend, beginning with Bowling Green Friday at 4 p.m.