A balanced offensive attack and solid pitching performances led the Georgia State baseball team to an 15-1 win over the Ontario Blue Jays in the Panthers annual fall game on Saturday afternoon at The Field at Panthersville.
Newcomer Ryan Fleming led the Panther offensive attack with a pair of home runs, scoring three runs and driving in six.
A total of eleven pitchers combined to allow just six hits, striking out 15 Blue Jay batters.
"I thought that our pitching staff did an excellent job today," commented head coach Greg Frady. "We gave up very few hits today and the defense supported the pitching staff with no errors, while the staff continued to throw strikes. Our effort in what our pitchers did on the mound today really dictated what we wanted to do."
The Panthers got on the board with two runs in the second. Following Fleming's double to right field, junior Carter Sackett singled to center to put the Panthers ahead 1-0. Junior Rob Lind later tripled to right center, scoring Sackett.
Sackett finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Fleming got the Panthers on the board again in the third with a two-out, two-run home run to left center.
The Blue Jays scored their lone run in the top of the fifth as sophomore Nick Squeglia walked Cam Mattice with the bases loaded to plate Brandon Yerex.
Fleming got the Panthers going again in the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the game, a grand slam to right center, giving State a 9-1 advantage as Georgia State never looked back. Junior Carter Sackett followed with a solo home run to give State a nine-run lead.
Logan scored two runs and drove in a pair in the victory.
Wood finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three of the eight Panther stolen bases.
Starter senior Ryan Moore, juniors Will Campbell, Chaz Abeln, Wes Grant and Jeremy Gazerro each pitched perfect innings, while sophomore Justin Malone finished off the game with a perfect final inning.
Between the second and sixth innings, the pitching staff recorded 12 of 15 outs via strikeout.
Junior Aidan Francis recorded three strikeouts in the second inning, while Campbell, Charley Olson and Squeglia each struck out a pair. Abeln's perfect sixth-inning included three straight strikeouts.
Jim Martin went 2-for-3 to lead the Blue Jays.
The Panthers have just over two weeks of fall practice left on their NCAA allowable 45 days of fall practice.
The 2010 regular season will begin February 19th as the Panthers travel to Tallahassee to face Florida State for a three-game series. The home opener will come a few days later on February 23rd as State hosts USC-Upstate.