ATLANTA -- Georgia State fell to Coastal Carolina 17-0 Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex as the Chanticleers swept the Sun Belt Conference series.
Facing the defending NCAA champions, the Panthers dropped their seventh straight to fall to 11-17, 1-8 Sun Belt.
Darius Sewell, Payton Mann and Jaylen Woullard managed the only hits for Georgia State, all singles, as three Coastal Carolina (19-10, 7-2 Sun Belt) pitchers combined for the seven-inning shutout. Starter Zack Hopeck (2-2) allowed one just one hit and one hit batter in four innings to earn the victory.
Georgia State shortstop Justin Jone went hitless for the first time since March 10, snapping his season-long 11-game hitting streak.
Coastal Carolina used four walks and a grand slam by Dalton Ewing to jump to a 5-0 lead in the first inning off GSU starter Brandon Baker (0-4). Ewing had four hits and five RBI on the day, while Wood Myers added three RBI.
GSU pitchers walked a season-high 14, and the Panthers, who have for the most part played very good defense all season, also hurt themselves with four errors today.
With the pitching staff struggling and out of arms, the Panthers even tried catcher Brandon Gonzalez, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his first collegiate mound appearance.
Georgia State plays its next four games on the road, begining Wednesday with a 6 p.m. contest at Mercer that will air on American Sports Network/ESPN3.