Georgia State has won six of its last seven games to improve to 10-4 on the season. Samford fell to 7-9.
Rogers (3-1), the junior right-hander, pitched 7-1/3 innings and allowed just two hits, both singles in the second inning, and three walks. Seven of his career-high eight strikeouts came from the fifth inning on.
The Ringgold, Ga., native seemed to get stronger as the game went on. He allowed three baserunners in the first two innings, including back-to-back singles with one out in the second, but he slammed the door by rolling a 6-4-3 double play.
Over the next five innings, Rogers allowed only a walk in fourth inning, but he erased the baserunner with an inning-ending pickoff at first base. He then struck out two in the fifth, both looking, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. He led off the eighth inning with his eighth punchout, but he walked the next batter, prompting a call to the bullpen.
Acton, the senior closer, came on and needed just one pitch to induce a weak grounder that he fielded and threw to second to start the Panthers' second double play of the game. GSU ranks among the national leaders with 20 double plays on the season.
Acton started the ninth with a strikeout, but leadoff hitter Troy Dixon reached and got into scoring position on a two-base throwing error. But Acton rolled two more ground balls, both to shortstop Justin Jones, to earn his third save of the season.
Today's pitching masterpiece came on the heels of Friday's complete-game 3-hitter by Hunter Gaddis as Georgia State recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since firing three in a row over Coppin State early in the 2016 season.
"I think it was being able to watch Gaddis on Friday and keeping the chart so I know what these hitters were trying to do," Rogers said. "Then I was able to just go out there and be me and just get outs. That's what I'm here for.
"The fastball was coming out of my hand really well," Rogers continued. "The changeup worked a couple of times and got me some outs, and the slider, too. Curve ball wasn't really there today, but we got it done."
Georgia State managed only four hits and scored the game's only run without the benefit of a hit. Enrique Ferrer reached on a two-base throwing error to lead off the fifth inning. On Luke Leonard's bunt, Samford tried to cut down Ferrer at third but he beat the throw, putting runners at first and third with no outs. The Panthers went back to the bunt again as Will Kilgore executed a squeeze bunt to score Ferrer.
"We were struggling to find our way offensively, but Jake and Jansen Acton were absolutely the story," head coach Greg Frady said. "Once again our pitching was great, and we played really good defense behind them. Justin Jones made so many good plays.
"Jake continued to pound the zone and stay ahead of the hitters," Frady added. "That kept the momentum while we were struggling to score. We were able to get the one run and that was enough today. We've pitched fantastic here, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Jordan Lee can do tomorrow."
The two teams are scheduled to conclude the series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.