What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State clinched its series with Georgia Southern and a spot in the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a 7-6 win Friday.
* Romero Greer drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
* Ryan Blanton had two more RBI, giving him seven in the series.
ATLANTA -- Georgia State clinched its series with Georgia Southern and its spot in next week's Sun Belt Conference Championship with a 7-6, come-from-behind win Friday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Romero Greer drove in three runs for the Panthers (23-31, 10-19 Sun Belt), including the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Georgia State entered the final regular-season series needing to win one more game than Appalachian State in its series at Coastal Carolina. On Thursday, the Panthers won 9-7 and App State lost, and then tonight, shortly after GSU finished its 7-6 victory, the Mountaineers fell 4-2. The conference tournament begins Tuesday in Statesboro, Ga.
"It feels great to win tonight," head coach Greg Frady said. "This has been a season with a lot of highs and lows, and to fight our way into the tournament at the end feels great. The players never quit. The effort has been there all year long."
The Panthers jumped in front with two runs in the second inning. Cam Sperry led off with a single and Jaylen Woullard drew a one-out walk to put runners at first and second, Greer ripped a double inside the bag at first base and into the right field corner to bring home both runners.
Georgia Southern (35-20, 17-12) tied the game with two runs in the third and then took a 3-2 lead on a wild pitch in the fourth. But Georgia State answered immediately with a three-run fourth. After Woullard drew a leadoff walk and Greer singled, Will Kilgore laid down a bunt. Georgia Southern reliever Anthony Paesano threw to third, but Woullard was safe, loading the bases with no outs.
That brought Friday's hero, Ryan Blanton, to the plate, and he delivered a two-run single to right field to put the Panthers ahead. The senior center fielder now has seven RBI in his final home series after hitting a grand slam and a solo homer in Thursday's win.
Justin Jones followed with a fielder's choice ground ball to score Kilgore and give GSU a 5-3 lead.
Georgia Southern's Jordan Wren hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the game again at 5-5, and the Eagles took a 6-5 lead on Logan Baldwin's sacrifice fly in the sixth.
That was the score when Jarrett Hood led off the seventh inning with a walk. After one out, Luke Leonard doubled on ball just out of the reach of left fielder Mason McWhorter to put runners at second and third.
Woullard singled sharply to left field to tie the game, and then Greer's fly ball to right center put the Panthers up 7-6.
Logan Barnette pitched the final four innings to earn the win in relief, improving to 5-0 on the season. The sophomore right-hander allowed one run on one hit, and he got plenty of help from the Panther defense. Greer made two nice plays at third base in the eighth inning, and in the ninth, Leonard made a diving catch on a shallow fly ball in right field for the first out, and Jack Thompson snagged a sharp line drive at first base for out No. 2.
"A lot of our seniors came through to help us win tonight," Frady said. "Bryce Conley gave us everything he could; he pitched five innings and gave us a chance. Jaylen Woullard was was 2-for-2, had two bases on balls, was on base four times and had a monster hit at the end.
"We cashed in on the opportunities we had tonight. Good teams get timely hitting, and we did that tonight."
The series concludes with a 2 p.m. game Saturday, and six Georgia State seniors will be honored before their final home game, which will air on 1340 The Fan 3 and 103.7 FM.