ATLANTA -- Freshman Hunter Gaddis led Georgia State baseball with a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Saturday's 2-1 win over UT Arlington to earn Georgia State's Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines on Monday.
The 6-5 right-hander was nearly perfect for the first seven innings, allowing just one walk, which was erased by a double play, and one hit batter while striking out five. That gave the rookie from Sequoyah High School in Canton 18 straight scoreless innings since moving into the starting rotation two weeks ago.
The first hit that Gaddis allowed was a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. That tied the game at 1-1, meaning that Gaddis was not credited with the win after the Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on Justin Jones' homer.
His final line: 7.2 IP, one run, two hits, six strikeouts, one walk.
"At a time when we really needed it, I think that was one of the best pitching performances in Georgia State history," head coach Greg Frady said. "We're scuffling a little bit right now and we needed to get their bats quieted, and Hunter took that to extreme. Pitching into the eighth was more that he had done, but I certainly was going to give him every opportunity to finish that game. He just hit a little bit of a wall, but he was the difference in us winning today.
"He had a four pitches going today. He mixed it well and did a good job of keeping them off balance, and we found a way to win the game."
For the season, Gaddis is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA. He has 25 strikeouts in 25 innings with just eight walks, and opposing batters are hitting just .163 against him.
Georgia State will return to the diamond on Tuesday hosting Furman at 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on PantherVision.