What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State dropped a doubleheader at Little Rock, 8-3 and 6-4 (10).
* In Game 2, the Panthers took a one-run lead in the top of the 10th, but Little Rock won it with a three-run homer.
* Will Kilgore was 5-for-8 with two RBIs in the doubleheader.
LITTLE ROCK -- Georgia State dropped a doubleheader at Little Rock, 8-3 and 6-4 in 10 innings Saturday at Gary Hogan Field.
In the nightcap, Will Kilgore' RBI single gave the Panthers (20-30, 8-18) a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th, but the Trojans won it Nik Gifford's three-run homer.
Kilgore was 5-for-8 with two RBIs in the doubleheader.
Entering the weekend, Georgia State, Little Rock (20-30, 10-16) and Appalachian State were in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Sun Belt Conference standings. Now Little Rock stands ninth at 10-16, while the Panthers are tied with App State, which was also swept in a doubleheader today vs. South Alabama, for the 10th place. Ten teams qualify for the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
The series concludes with a 1 p.m. ET game Sunday.
Game 1: Little Rock 8, Georgia State 3
Georgia State fell 8-3 as Little Rock starter Cory Malcom allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings.
The Trojans jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second inning off GSU starter Bryan White (1-3). Georgia State closed the gap on an RBI-single by Romero Greer in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth to pull within 4-2, but Little Rock answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Will Kilgore, who was 3-for-3 in the game, added an RBI-single in ninth for the 8-3 final.
Game 2: Little Rock 6, Georgia State 4 (10)
Georgia State took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th inning, but Little Rock won the game 6-4 on Nik Gifford's three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th.
The heart-breaking loss spoiled another very strong start by freshman Hunter Gaddis. The 6-5 right-hander shut out the Trojans for five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth. He struck out seven, walked none and gave up five hits in six innings.
Georgia State jumped in front with three runs in the first three innings. Ryan Blanton led off the game with a single and scored when the right-fielder lost Jarrett Hood's fly ball in the sun. In the third, after Greer and Blanton led off with singles, Justin Jones brought home one run with a groundout and then Nick Gatewood singled up the middle to give the Panthers a 3-0 advantage.
But after that, the Panthers hit into two double plays and struck out nine times over the final four innings.
Georgia State took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Gifford led off with a single and scored the tying run on a one-out double by Ty Gunter. GSU closer Rhett Harper (1-2) got the final two outs to send the game to extra innings.
The Panthers regained the lead with two outs in the top of the 10th. After Cam Sperry doubled off the right field wall, Will Kilgore singled through the left side and Sperry slid home with the go-ahead run.
Justin Garcia (2-0) pitched the final 2.2 innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory.