MONROE, LA. -- Georgia State fell 9-4 in Sunday's series finale at ULM as the Warhawks swept the three-game Sun Belt Conference series at Warhawk Field.
After falling behind 5-2, Georgia State (22-25, 7-16 SBC) scored two in the seventh inning to pull within 5-4, but ULM (22-25, 10-14 SBC) managed four runs on just one hit in the eighth inning to pull away.
Senior shortstop Justin Jones was 2-for-3 while driving in the 100th run of his career. That RBI represents another milestone for the veteran infielder, who is now one just 12 players in school history with 200 career hits, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored.
Georgia State got on the board in the first inning as Jones singled and Kalen Puckett walked, and then with two outs, Jake Corso's popup in shallow left center was misplayed by the shortstop, allowing both runs to score.
ULM tied the game in the second on Gino Marucci's two-run home run and then took the lead with three runs in the fourth.
In the seventh, the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Ryan Glass and Andrew Keene and a walk by Tanner Gallman. Jones worked a walk to bring in one run. That brought on ULM closer Keegan Curtis, who induced a 6-4-3 double play that scored one more run to pull the Panthers within 5-4.
Keene, the freshman playing for injured right fielder Brandon Bell, had two hits and a great diving catch in right field, but the Panthers managed only six hits on the day against a trio of ULM pitchers. Starter Justin Olaughlin (2-1) pitched six innings to earn the win, and Curtis picked up his seventh save. Starter Jordan Lee (3-3) took the loss for GSU.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game at Kennesaw State that will air on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM.