GREENVILLE, S.C. -- In a game that featured eight home runs including three grand slams, Furman rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat Georgia State 13-12 on a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Georgia State's Nick Gatewood hit two home runs and drove in four runs, Brandon Bell delivered a grand slam and Ryan Glass also homered, but Furman (14-15) rallied with two grand slams, including the go-ahead shot by Jabari Richards with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
Georgia State (13-15) jumped to a 10-0 lead with five runs in the first, one in the second and four in the third. After the first three batters of the game reached, Bell hit a grand slam to straightaway center field, and Glass added an RBI-single.
Gatewood hit a solo homer in the second inning to put the Panthers up 6-0. In the third, Glass hit a two-run homer that travelled close to 400 feet, his third of the season, and then Gatewood's two-run single put the Panthers up 10-0.
GSU starter Bryan White ran into trouble in the third inning after he was struck on the leg by a line drive. Furman followed with back-to-back home runs to cut the Panthers lead to 10-4.
Then in the fourth, after an error prolonged the inning, Jason Costa hit a grand slam to pull Furman within 10-8.
Gatewood hit his second homer of the night and ninth of the season in the fifth inning, followed by a run-scoring single by Will Kilgore, who had three hits and reached base five times, putting Georgia State up 12-8.
The Panthers missed opportunities to add to their lead, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and eighth innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Furman loaded the bases on a single and two walks to set up Richards' game-winner.
GSU put the tying run in scoring position with two outs in the ninth before a game-ending groundout.
Georgia State turned one double play on the night and picked two runners of base, but the Panthers hurt themselves with four errors, leading to six unearned runs.
Georgia State returns home to host a Sun Belt Conference series against Arkansas State beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in a game that will air on PantherVision.