What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State opens Sun Belt Conference play by hosting UT Arlington, beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
* Friday's game will air on PantherVision on GeorgiaStateSports.com.
* The GSU pitching staff ranks third in the Sun Belt with a 3.34 ERA.
Friday’s game only - Live PantherVision video stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com (subscription).
Free live audio for Saturday and Sunday games on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.
Georgia State: 9-8 Overall (5-2 Home, 2-4 Away, 2-2 Neutral)
UT Arlington: 9-9 Overall, 0-0 Sun Belt (2-7 Home, 5-1 Away, 2-1 Neutral)
PROBABLE PITCHERS (GSU-UTA)
Friday: RHP Bryce Conley, Sr. (2-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Kadon Simmons, Sr. (1-2, 2.93)
Saturday: RHP Hunter Gaddis, Fr. (3-0, 1.04) vs. RHP Trae Patterson, Jr. (1-1, 2.88)
Sunday: LHP Brandon Baker, R-Jr. (0-2, 3.75 vs. LHP Jakob Hernandez, Jr. (1-0, 4.38)
* Georgia State opens Sun Belt Conference play by hosting UT Arlington, Friday through Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
* Both teams played ranked opponents this week. Georgia State is coming off a 5-4 loss to No. 12 Oklahoma, while UT Arlington knocked off No. 4 Texas Tech 5-1.
* Under the direction of first-year pitching coach Chris Bootcheck, a former Major League pitcher, the GSU staff ranks third in the Sun Belt with a 3.34 ERA.
* The GSU bullpen is 6-0 with three saves and a 2.23 ERA, led by Logan Barnette (2-0, 1 save, 2.19), Rhett Harper (3 saves, 0.93), Devin Vainer (7 app., 0.00 ERA) and Liam Henry (7 app., 1 save, 1.04).
* The Panther pitching staff held No. 14 Ole Miss to one run on six hits in 19 innings in last week’s two-game series split. Six different Panther hurlers threw in the series.
* Freshman pitcher Hunter Gaddis has perhaps been the story of Georgia State’s season thus far. The 6-5 right-hander picked up two wins out of the bullpen before moving to the rotation the last two weekends, and he has thrown 11 straight scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts in his two starts. He leads the team with a 3-0 record and a 1.04 ERA.
* Senior center fielder Ryan Blanton is hitting .292 and has a team-leading three homers, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. He led off the 2017 season with a home run vs. Marshall, the fifth time in his career he has led off a game with a homer.
* Two players who missed the 2016 season due to injury have figured prominently already for the Panthers. Outfielder-DH Cam Sperry (knee) is hitting .294 with a homer and seven RBI. Relief pitcher Logan Barnette (shoulder) is 2-0 with one save and a 2.19 ERA.
* Georgia State’s 2017 schedule is perhaps the most ambitious in school history. The 2017 slate includes four different Power Five opponents and 13 games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, including a home series with Coastal Carolina, the defending national champions and the newest member of the Sun Belt Conference.
* Eleventh-year head coach Greg Frady earned his 500th college coaching victory in the Panthers’ 12-4 victory over Northern Kentucky on March 4. Frady now has 316 wins at Georgia State, plus 187 wins at North Florida C.C. (1991-96).
* Frady is Georgia State’s career leader in victories after passing Mike Hurst (293) on March 20, 2016. In the last year he has also been honored with two different Hall of Fame inductions, joining the German Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame and the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.
* All but three players on the 2017 roster hail from Georgia, including 26 Panthers from the Atlanta area. Only Jaylen Woullard (Mississippi), Romero Greer (Texas) and Jansen Acton (Alabama) are not from the Peach State.
SERIES vs. UT ARLINGTON
* Georgia State leads the series with UT Arlington 5-4. The Panthers swept UTA in Arlington in 2015, but the Mavericks have won four of the six games in Atlanta, including two of three last year.
* Last season at the GSU Baseball Complex, UTA swept a doubleheader Saturday, including a wild 18-16, 10-inning affair in the nightcap, but GSU came back to win 8-7 on Sunday.
* Three of the last five games between these two teams have gone to extra innings. In GSU’s road sweep in 2015, the Panthers’ Saturday and Sunday wins were both went extra innings, with Logan Barnette earning the win in both games.