BIRMINGHAM -- Georgia State starter Hunter Gaddis improved to 4-0 with a complete-game, three-hit shutout and a career-high 10 strikeouts in the Panthers' 2-0 victory at Samford Friday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
The sophomore right-hander retired the first 14 batters, five of them on strikeouts, before Samford (7-8) managed its first baserunner on an error with two outs in the fifth. After five no-hit innings, Gaddis allowed his first hit to lead off the sixth on a single up the middle by Mason Williamson. After another strikeout, Gaddis allowed his second single, and then with two outs, he plunked Anthony Mulrine to load the bases. But he struck out cleanup hitter Ayrton Schafer to end the threat.
Gaddis (4-0) then retired six straight, including two strikeouts in the eighth, both looking to carry his shutout into the ninth. Branden Fryman laid down a bunt single to lead off the ninth, Gaddis got a pop-up and a fly ball before ending it with his 10th strikeout to win his fourth straight decision.
"I was spotting my fastball to start off, and that's the key to every good game I pitch," Gaddis said. "My offspeed pitches were all working. I didn't really get a chance to throw my changeup very much, but my slider and curveball were working really tonight
I just took everything out of my heart and put it out there."
He pitched Georgia State's first complete-game shutout since Wayne Wages' one-hitter vs. Appalachian State in 2016.
"The whole night was about pitching and playing defense behind Hunter. He did a heckua job," head coach Greg Frady said.
"He really did have three pitches working tonight, and his pitch count was in such a good place all night long.
"I couldn't be more proud of him. He is absolutely is the reason we won tonight on Friday night, and that's four Fridays in a row that's he's given us a great start, pitching like a Friday night guy."
Gaddis' catcher, junior Nick Gatewood, gave him the lead before he took the mound with a solo homer to right center field in the first inning. That is the third homer of the season for Gatewood.
But that was the only run Georgia State (9-4) could manage until the eighth inning. Jack Thompson led off with a single and moved to second on a pass ball. Enrique Ferrer bunted and was safe on an error, putting runners at first and third with no outs. Then Brandon Bell singled to hole at shortstop to score Thompson with the insurance run.
The two teams continue their series Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.