Georgia State and Appalachian State will play a doubleheader Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. The series will conclude Saturday, time TBA.
What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State travels north for a Sun Belt Conference series at Appalachian State
* Senior center fielder Ryan Blanton leads the Panthers in hits, runs, RBI, homers, triples, walks and stolen bases.
* Sunday's game will air on ESPN3.
GEORGIA STATE vs. APPALACHIAN STATE, Smith Stadium, Boone, N.C.
Game 1, Friday, 4 p.m. (DH)
Game 2, Friday, 7 p.m. (DH)
Game 3, Saturday, TBA
Live video for Games 1 and 2 are available on appstatesports.com (subscription).
Georgia State: 13-23 Overall, 3-12 Sun Belt Conference (9-11 Home, 2-10 Away, 2-2 Neutral)
Appalachian State: 14-23 Overall, 4-11 Sun Belt Conference (2-7 Home, 9-13 Away, 3-3 Neutral)
PROBABLE PITCHERS (GSU-APP)
LHP Devin Vainer, Sr. (0-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Travis Holden, Jr. (1-6, 5.92)
RHP Bryce Conley, Sr. (2-6, 5,73) vs. LHP Colin Schmid, So. (5-4, 2.72)
RHP Hunter Gaddis, Fr. (3-3, 2.96) vs. RHP Luke Watts, Jr. (1-4, 5.04)
* Senior center fielder Ryan Blanton leads the team in hits (37), runs (26), RBI (24), homers (6), triples (3), walks (22) and stolen bases (7).
* Blanton ranks in the Top 10 in GSU history in runs (128, T-9th), walks (89, T-5th) and triples (10, 4th - first among all active Sun Belt players).
* With 21 career home runs, Blanton ranks second (to Georgia Southern’s Ryan Cleveland) among all active Sun Belt players.
* Six times in his career, Blanton has led off a game with a homer, including twice this season vs. Marshall on Opening Day and Coastal Carolina.
* Catcher-designated hitter Nick Gatewood had three hits and a career-high four RBI April 9 at Arkansas State, and then two hits Tuesday vs. Mercer. Gatewood has 10 RBI in the last 12 games and now leads the team with a .300 average.
* Freshman pitcher Hunter Gaddis, a 6-5 right-hander and weekend starter, leads the team with a 3-3 record and a 2.96 ERA.
* Gaddis took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 2-1 victory over UT Arlington on March 18, and he has turned in quality starts in five of his seven starts.
* Georgia State is 3-0 in extra-inning games this season, most recently defeating Troy 3-2 (12) on Jarrett Hood’s walk-off single in the 12th. That was Hood’s third walk-off hit in the last two seasons, including one last season vs. Appalachian State.
* The Panther pitching staff held No. 14 Ole Miss to one run on six hits in 19 innings in their two-game series split. Six different Panther hurlers threw in the series.
* Shortstop Justin Jones has two game-winning hits this season. In the March 8 win at No. 14 Ole Miss, Jones delivered a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-0 victory. On March 18 in a 1-1 game vs. UT Arlington, he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth and GSU won 2-1.
* 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 320 wins at Georgia State, plus 187 wins at North Florida C.C. (1991-96) for a total of 507.
* 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.
THE SERIES vs. APPALACHIAN STATE
* Georgia State holds an 8-3 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-1 advantage in Sun Belt Conference play.
* Two of the five Sun Belt meetings have gone to extra innings.
* Last season in Atlanta, the Panthers took two of three, winning 10-0 on Friday and 5-4 in 11 innings on Sunday on Jarrett Hood’s walk-off single. App State won 6-5 on Saturday.
* In the Friday win, GSU starter Wayne Wages was perfect for 8.1 innings before pinch hitter Jason Curtis broke it up with a single. Wages finished with a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
* On its last trip to Boone, N.C., in 2015, GSU swept two games, 4-3 in 12 innings and 15-13. In the 12-inning win on Friday, Justin Jones’ RBI-single brought home the winning run. On Saturday, GSU scored nine runs in the last two innings, capped by Matt Rose’s two-run homer in the ninth inning. Sunday’s game was rained out.
* Before they were conference foes, GSU and App State played six times from 1979-84.
* GSU Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb came to Atlanta in September 2014 after nine years in the same position at Appalachian State.