What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State defeated Texas State 11-7, winning for the fourth time in the last five games.
* Cam Sperry homered twice and drove in three runs, and Nick Gatewood also homered.
* Rhett Harper earned his second straight save and fifth of the season.
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS -- Cam Sperry hit two home runs, Nick Gatewood homered, and Romero Greer drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning triple and Georgia State went on to win 11-7 at Texas State Friday at Bobcat Ballpark. The Panthers have won four of their last five games.
Sperry's and Gatewood's homers helped Georgia State (18-27, 7-15 Sun Belt) to a 7-2 lead through five innings. After Texas State (23-24, 9-13) tied the game with five runs in the sixth, the Panthers responded right away with two runs in the seventh to take the lead for good.
With two outs, Jarrett Hood singled and came home on Greer's triple past the center fielder. Luke Leonard followed with an RBI-single to put GSU ahead 9-7. The Panthers added insurance runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Sperry, his third RBI of the night, and in the ninth on a pinch-hit, RBI-single by Jaylen Woullard.
Rhett Harper recorded the final four outs for his second straight save and fifth of the season.
Gatewood, the sophomore catcher, put Georgia State on top quickly with a two-run homer in the first inning, his second long ball this week and fourth of the season. He is 7-for-12 with two homers and three RBI in the last three games.
Two batters later, Sperry followed with a solo homer, and the Panthers led 3-0 before Texas State came to the plate.
Sperry homered again in his next at-bat with another solo blast for a 4-0 advantage in the third. Georgia State added two more in the fourth on Ryan Blanton's sacrifice fly and Justin Jones' RBI-double. Greer's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave the Panthers a 7-2 lead.
With Texas State mounting a five-run rally in the sixth, Logan Barnette (4-0) came on and recorded three outs to keep the game tied. He pitched another 1.2 innings to earn his fourth victory, but he loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth on three hit batters. With GSU holding a three-run lead, Harper came on and got Jaylen Hubbard to fly out on a ball on which Leonard made a great diving catch in left field.
"So many people had great games tonight that it truly was a team win. Our will to win was as high as I've seen it, and I'm really proud of the team for that," head coach Greg Frady said. "We built a lead, centered around Cam Sperry and Nick Gatewood with the home runs and a lot of people doing some great things. Texas State had their big inning, but I'm proud of the team for not giving up the lead and for responding right away with a couple of runs. We competed in a way that our will to win was as high as I've seen it all season, and so many people made a contribution to help us win."
The series continues with a 5 p.m. ET game Saturday.