What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State won its series at Texas State with an 11-8 victory Sunday, rallying from a 6-3 deficit.
* Will Kilgore (3 RBI), Justin Jones (3 RBI) and Nick Gatewood homered.
* The Panthers scored 31 runs in three games to win the series 2-1.
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS -- Will Kilgore, Justin Jones and Nick Gatewood homered as Georgia State rallied from a 6-3 deficit to defeat Texas State 11-8 Sunday at Bobcat Ballpark and win the series, two games to one.
Kilgore and Jones drove in three runs each and Darius Sewell delivered a key two-run single for the Panthers (19-27, 8-15), who have won five of their last seven games.
Trailing 6-3 after five innings, Georgia State tied the game with three runs in the sixth and then scored five more in the seventh to take the lead for good.
Romero Greer led off the sixth with a single, and then Luke Leonard and Ryan Blanton drew walks to load the bases with one out. Jones drew a bases-loaded walk, and then Sewell came through with a two-out single up the middle to tie the game at 6-6.
After reliever Tanner Thomson retired the Bobcats (24-25, 10-14) in the bottom of the sixth, Greer walked and Leonard doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. That brought up Kilgore, who ripped a 3-1 pitch inside the bag at third and into the left corner to score both runners and put the Panthers ahead 8-6.
With two outs and Kilgore at second, Jones homered to left field, the second homer of the season for the Panthers' shortstop, to extend the lead to 10-8. One pitch later, Gatewood went back-to-back with a mammoth blast over the right field fence. That was the second homer of the series and third this week for the left-handed hitting catcher, who now has five long balls on the season.
With GSU now leading 11-6, Thomson (3-3) put up another zero in the bottom of the seventh, and Tyler Koch pitched a scoreless eighth.
Texas State managed two runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out when Logan Barnette rolled a game-ending double play as Greer fielded the ground ball, stepped on the bag at third and threw to first to seal the win.
The Bobcats took an early 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Georgia State responded with three runs in the fifth. Kilgore led off the frame with his team-leading seventh home run of the season and second in as many days.
Blanton followed by legging out a double, moving to third on Jones' ground ball and then scoring on a wild pitch to tie game. With two outs, Cam Sperry doubled to right center to score Sewell and put the Panthers ahead 3-2.
After Texas State scored four in the bottom of the fifth, Kilgore made a key defensive play at second base when he made a leaping catch on a line drive with bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning, keeping Georgia State within three runs.
"It was a heckuva' week and I'm very proud of the team," head coach Greg Frady said. "The one thing that stood out the most is that our ability to bounce back in this stretch is the best it's been all year long, and that's why we were able to win three tough road games this week.
"Everybody on the team has really swung the bat well on this trip," Frady continued. "Will Kilgore hit home runs, he made plays and he brings tough energy that helps propel our team. Nick Gatewood is our number one catcher, hitting third in the lineup, and he handled the business all week long. And so many other guys came through in this series - Cam Sperry, Ryan Blanton, Justin Jones and others."
The Panthers host Savannah State Wedneday at 5 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.