Wilmington, N.C. – Georgia State dropped a doubleheader at UNCW, 9-0 and 12-1, Friday at Brooks Field as the Colonial Athletic Association’s top pitching staff held GSU’s potent bats in check behind pitchers Mat Batts and Jordan Ramsey.
The series matched the league’s top offense in Georgia State (15-9, 5-3 CAA) against the CAA’s leader in earned run average in UNCW (16-7, 3-1), and the pitching prevailed. In game one, the left-handed Batts (3-1) tossed a complete-game four hitter with seven strikeouts, and in the nightcap, the righty Ramsey (3-2) allowed just one run on five hits while striking out eight in eight innings. The UNCW staff did not issue a walk all day.
In both games, UNCW managed to break open close contests with a big inning in the sixth. The Seahawks scored five in the sixth inning of game one to go ahead, 8-0, and in game two, UNCW broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the sixth. Ryan LaGrange had five RBI in the doubleheader for the Seahawks.
GSU starters Jerry Stuckey (1-1) and Garrett Ford (2-3) took the losses.
Chad Prain, the Panthers’ leading hitter who entered the day hitting .500 for the season, managed a hit in each game to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Freshman Josh Merrigan had four hits on the day and he scored the Panthers’ lone run as he led off game two with a double to right center and came around to score on an error. Caden Bailey also had two hits for GSU.
The series, which began with the doubleheader today to avoid forecasted rain, concludes Saturday with a 2 p.m. game.