KENNESAW -- Georgia State rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to earn a 7-4 victory at in-state rival Kennesaw State Tuesday at Stillwell Stadium.
GSU (23-25) and KSU (24-21) split their annual home-and-home series.
"I'm proud of the team," head coach Greg Frady said. "This is a big game because it's an in-state game, and they beat us in Panthersville. Our bullpen was the primary reason why we won, but we also did a good job with some situational hitting to score some runs."
With the Panthers trailing 4-3, Kendall Ford drew a walk to lead off the seventh inning, and Justin Jones ripped a double to right field to tie the game.
Luke Leonard laid down a bunt, but KSU pitcher Luke Torbert (1-3) threw wildly to first, allowing Jones to score and Leonard to go all the way to third. Then Will Kilgore's sacrifice fly scored Leonard and put the Panthers up 6-4.
Kennesaw State threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but reliever Tyler Koch came on and struck out Grant Williams to end the inning.
"Brandon made a big difference in helping us win tonight," Frady said of Bell, who is also the Panthers' starting right fielder but is battling a wrist injury that has kept him out of the lineup. "He deserves a lot of credit because he's played well as an offensive player all year long."
After the Owls struck first with three runs in the third inning, Georgia State got on the scoreboard in the fourth on Jack Thompson's RBI-single. The senior first baseman had three hits on the night, including his first career triple.
Freshman Ryan Glass belted a solo homer in the fourth inning, his fifth of the season, but KSU scored in the bottom of the frame to lead 4-2.
The Panthers manufactured a run in the fifth as Ford walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. That pulled GSU within 4-3 to set the stage for their three-run seventh.
Freshman Andrew Keene delivered a key insurance run in the ninth inning with an RBI-double.
Georgia State plays its final home series of the season this weekend as the Panthers host Appalachian State in a key Sun Belt Conference series that opens Friday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.