ATLANTA -- Georgia State fell to UConn 10-1 Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex in Game 2 of the Atlanta Challenge.
UConn (1-1) starting pitcher Mason Feole (1-0) was the story of the game as the sophomore left-hander, a highly-regarded pro prospect, allowed just one run and one hit over seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Feole held the Panthers (1-1) hitless for the first 4-2/3 innings. Finally, in the fifth inning, Luke Leonard drew a two-out walk and moved to second on a balk. Then leadoff hitter Kendall Ford hit a solid double to left field, scoring Leonard and tying the game at 1-1.
Georgia State starter Jake Rogers (0-1), a junior college right-hander making his GSU debut, nearly matched Feole for five innings, allowing just one run in the third inning before running into trouble in the sixth, when the Huskies took control with four runs to move ahead 5-1. Rogers' final line saw him pitch 5.1 innings and surrendering four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
"I thought Jake really battled really hard," head coach Greg Frady said. "Any time your starter pitches you into the sixth inning, you feel pretty good about that, and I think he gave us a good start, but we weren't on point offensively or defensively. We didn't hit enough, we didn't play enough defense and we didn't pitch enough to beat a team like UConn.
"Through five innings, it was 1-1 and I thought we had an opportunity to fight for this game and win it, but the multiple-run inning took a little starch out of us.
"Give that starter on the other team a lot of credit," he added. "He's a very good pitcher who's getting a lot of professional interest."
The Panthers hurt themselves with four errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs.
Freshman designated hitter Ryan Glass, the star of Friday's Opening Day win with a homer and three RBI, had one of the Panthers three hits today. Six other GSU freshmen made their debuts in today's game.
Georgia State concludes the Atlanta Challenge Sunday, hosting Minnesota at 1 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.