ATLANTA— Nic Wilson homered and drove in four runs and Nick Squeglia earned his 15th career victory as Georgia State defeated Savannah State, 11-2, Tuesday at the GSU Baseball Complex to win for the 11th time in the last 14 games.
Georgia State improved to 27-16, including 19-5 at home. Savannah State is now 24-18.
“Every win has to be earned, and I thought we did earn this game tonight,” said GSU head coach Greg Frady. “We were disciplined, we made plays, we got some big hits, and we had some big power numbers. Nick Squeglia gave us a great start, and the bullpen did their job. All in all, I think the team got some confidence out of this win.”
Squeglia, the fifth-year senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., pitched six shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out six to improve to 4-1 on the season. He raised his career record to 15-6, moving into a tie for seventh place in GSU history in career victories.
“When Nick throws the ball in the strike zone, he is tough to deal with,” said Frady. “He gave us six scoreless inning tonight. We were so depleted in the bullpen after the weekend, and Nick knew that we needed him to pitch us deep into the ballgame and give us a chance to win, and he certainly did that.”
Wilson, the junior first baseman from Decatur, Ga., belted his sixth homer of the season in the first inning, a two-run, opposite field shot to right center that gave the Panthers an early 3-0 lead. He added a two-run double to left center in the Panthers’ six-run fifth inning.
“A lot of people played well tonight offensively, and we played good defense,” said Frady, whose squad turned two double plays and did not make an error. “All three phases of the game were going tonight.”
Leading 3-0 in the fifth inning, Georgia State put runners at first second with one out after Caden Bailey and Mark Hogan drew walks. Freshman James Clements delivered a double to the left field corner to score Bailey, and then freshman Joey Roach followed with a bloop double that dropped into shallow center field to drive home Hogan.
With two outs and the bases loaded after a walk to Chad Prain, Raffield singled up the middle to plate two runs, and then Wilson drove the ball to the wall in left center for two more runs and a 9-0 GSU lead.
Sophomore Alex Prescott, a catcher-first baseman who has been experimenting on the mound, made his first career appearance and recorded the final two outs when he induced a ground ball for the game-ending double play.
“Alex Prescott does everything for this team,” said Frady. “He works his butt off, catching bullpens and playing first base. He’s a great team player. We’ve been trying to play with him a little bit as a sidearm pitcher, and to see him come in there tonight and get the final two outs was a great thing.”
Georgia State, which has played eight of its last nine games away from home, hits the road again this weekend for a CAA series at Northeastern, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest Friday.