AUBURN, ALA. -- Georgia State took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning at No. 26 Auburn, but the Tigers managed two runs with two outs to win 3-2 Tuesday at Plainsman Park.
The loss overshadowed an oustanding effort by Georgia State (2-2) starter Bryan White, who allowed just three hits in 5.2 scoreless innings with a career-high seven strikeouts.
White allowed three straight singles in the first inning as Auburn (4-0) loaded the bases with one out, but the senior right-hander struck out the next two batters to work out of the jam. He retired 14 straight before allowing a leadoff walk in sixth.
Ryan Glass, the Panther freshman from Woodward Academy, continued his hot start with an RBI-single in the first inning. Enrique Ferrer was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, and with two outs, Glass ripped a double to the left field corner, and Ferrer beat the tag at home for the early 1-0 lead.
The Panthers held that lead as White was shutting down the Tigers until the sixth, when Auburn loaded the bases against White on two walks and a hit batter. Sophomore left-hander Tyler Koch relieved White and struck out Edouard Julien for the third out.
Koch picked up two more strikeouts in a scoreless seventh. Auburn rallied again in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs on two walks and a bunt single off reliever Tanner Thomson. Jansen Acton came on for the Panthers and induced a double-play grounder and a fly ball, but Auburn managed one run on the double play, pulling within 2-1.
In the ninth, Auburn managed two baserunners on hit batters, and with two outs, Conor Davis hit a ground ball single off the first baseman's glove, allowing the tying run to score from second. Then Brendan Venter singled to right field to bring home the winning run.
"It was heartbreaking," head coach Greg Frady said. "The players played their hearts out. I think Jansen Acton did a helluva job getting out of the eighth inning. The ending was undeserved, but that's how it goes sometimes. All in all, we did a fantastic job, but the bottom of the ninth was not our friend tonight.
"I love how Bryan White performed," Frady continued. "He gave us evertyhing we could ask for. If we can get that kind of start from Bryan, we can win a lot of games.
"I like our team, I like how hard we played, I like a lot of the things we did. Of course there are things we can do better, but we'll find those things. We gave a great effort and played really good baseball. We did not get the ending that we wanted, but there's nothing to be ashamed of. Auburn has a good team, so give them credit."
The Panthers return to action Friday, hosting Jacksonville at 4 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series at the GSU Baseball Complex. The game will be streamed live on PantherVision on GeorgiaStateSports.com.