What You Need to Know:
* Troy scored four runs in the ninth inning for a 5-3 victory over Georgia State, preventing the Panthers from sweeping the series.
* In another outstanding start, freshman Hunter Gaddis allowed just two hits and one unearned run until the ninth inning.
* Darius Sewell hit his second homer of the series and third of the season and drove in two runs on the day.
ATLANTA -- Troy scored four runs in the top of the ninth for a 5-3 victory over Georgia State Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex, preventing a Panther sweep and spoiling another strong start by freshman Hunter Gaddis.
Georgia State (13-22, 3-12 Sun Belt) won the first two games to take the Thursday-Friday-Saturday series, two games to one.
Gaddis, the 6-5 right-hander from Sequoyah High School in Canton, allowed just two hits and one unearned run through eight innings as the Georgia State led 3-1. He struck out seven and walked just one.
Gaddis started the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single. After getting one out, he surrendured a double just inside the bag at third base to score one run, cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2 and end Gaddis' day. Consecutive hit batters loaded the bases, and then John Tatum dropped a bloop single into shallow center field to tie the game. The Panthers nearly ended it with a double play, but Mack Hathcock just beat the relay throw to score the go-ahead run. Troy added an insurance run on an infield chopper that went for a hit.
The Panthers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Troy (18-16, 6-9 Sun Belt) held on for the win.
Sewell then hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, his second of the series and third of the season.
In his last three starts, Gaddis has pitched seven or more innings and allowed a total of just six earned runs and 14 hits, but the Panthers have been unable to get him a win. He had a career-long outing today of 8.1 innings and his seven strikeouts tied his career best.
"Hunter was fantastic today," head coach Greg Frady said. "When you have a young man pitch you into the ninth inning having allowed only one unearned run, you say that's a heck of a job. This has been a consecutive run where he's given us a really great chance to win. It's disappointing on back to back weekends not to be able to finish the job because he's put us in great position to win."
"Having a chance to sweep a team is very hard and very rare, and We felt like missed an opportunity today, but I'm very happy that we bounced back and won this series," he added.
Georgia State returns to action next Wednesday, when the Panthers host Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. on PantherVision.