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Will Johnson's infield single brought home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Georgia State downed Alabama A&M 8-7.
Andy Burnett pitched six innings of scoreless relief with five strikeouts.
James Clements homered, Sam Few drove in three runs and Justin Jones had three hits and two RBI.


 

ATLANTA -- Will Johnson's single to second base broke a 5-all tie in the eighth inning and Georgia State went on to defeat Alabama A&M 8-7 Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

With bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and the scored tied at 5-5, Johnson hit a bouncer up the middle. The second baseman was able to get to the ball behind the bag but could not get an out at second, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Justin Jones followed with a two-run double to put the Panthers (22-23) ahead 8-5.

Alabama A&M (13-38) scored two runs with three straight hits in the ninth, but the Panthers ended the game with a double play and a strikeout.

The eighth and ninth innings overshadowed an outstanding performance by Georgia State reliever Andy Burnett, who came on in the second with the Panthers trailing 3-1 and pitched six scoreless innings. The converted infielder allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out a career-high five in his longest outing. He left the game with GSU ahead 5-3 but did not figure in the decision after Alabama A&M scored two unearned runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game.

Alabama A&M jumped in front with three runs in the first off GSU starter Dillon Swaggerty, making his first appearance after being injured all season.

Georgia State got one back in the first as Justin Jones tripled and came home on Darius Sewell's sacrifice fly and another in the second on James Clements solo homer, his second of the season.

Sam Few gave the Panthers their first lead with a two-run single in the fourth, and then the senior added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to put GSU ahead 5-3.

"Without a doubt, the story of the game was Andy Burnett," head coach Greg Frady said. "For him to come in with us trailing 3-1 and pitch six scoreless innings allowed us to get back in the game. Will Johnson had a huge at-bat to give us the lead, and then Justin Jones came through with a clutch hit for two insurance runs that we needed."

Georgia State is at Texas State this weekend for a Sun Belt Conference series that begins Friday at 7 p.m. ET.