What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State fell to Kennesaw State 10-7
* Nick Gatewood hit a two-run homer, and Tyler Elwer pitched five innigns of scoreless relief.
* The Panthers host defending national champion Coastal Carolina for a weekend series that begins Friday at 6 p.m.
ATLANTA -- Georgia State fell to Kennesaw State 10-7 Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
After allowing four runs in the first inning, Georgia State (11-14) rallied with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth to tie the
game, but the Owls regained the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning.
Trailing 10-4 in the ninth, the Panthers mounted one last rally. Justin Jones and Ryan Blanton led off with back to back doubles, and then with
two outs, Nick Gatewood hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, to pull the Panthers within 10-7.
Over the last two games, Gatewood is 5-for-6 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Kennesaw State (11-14) jumped to a 4-0 lead as Taylor Allum and Forrest Bramlett his two-run homers off GSU starter Jordan Lee.
Tyler Elwer came on to pitch for Georgia State in the second inning and tossed five scoreless innings to allow the Panthers to get back in the
game. Elwer allowed four singles and walked none in his career-long outing.
The Panthers scored two in the second as Blanton drew a bases-loaded walk and Romero Greer added a run-scoring single. Then GSU tied the game
in the fifth as back-to-back hits by Romero Greer and Darius Sewell, plus an error and a wild pitch produced two more runs.
In the seventh, the Owls took the lead with a two-out rally, loading the bases on a walk, an infield single and a hit batter. Pinch hitter
Garrett Hodges drew a bases-loaded walk and then Jeremy Howell's bloop single put KSU ahead 7-4.
Georgia State returns home to host Kennesaw State Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex on PantherVision before defending NCAA
champion and new Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina visits next weekend.