GEORGIA STATE vs. No. 8 OLE MISS
Tuesday, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, 4 p.m., GSU Baseball Complex
Georgia State: 11-4 Overall
Ole Miss: 15-1. Ranked No. 8 DI Baseball, No. 11 Baseball America, No. 13 Collegiate Baseball
COVERAGE: Live video on PantherVision
Tuesday: GSU RHP Bryan White (R-Sr., 0-1, 3.97) vs. OM RHP Houston Roth (Sr., 1-0, 5.40)
Wednesday: GSU TBA vs. OM LHP Jordan Fowler (Fr., 2-0, 1.08)
>Georgia State has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 11-4, which equals the best 15-game start in program history. The Panthers also started 11-4 in 2009 and 2011.
>The Panthers swept their weekend series at Samford, including back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday, 2-0 and 1-0 before a 9-7 victory Sunday.
>Hunter Gaddis pitched a complete-game, 3-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks in Friday’s 2-0 win. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The GSU staff threw 20 straight scoreless innings in the series.
>In Saturday’s 1-0 victory, Jake Rogers allowed two hits and struck out a career-high eight in 7.1 scoreless innings, and Jansen Acton pitched the final 1.2 innings for the save.
>Georgia State ranks fourth in the nation with 20 double plays turned.
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood leads the Panthers with three homers along with nine RBI and a .321 average, and he has thrown out seven of 10 runners attempting to steal. He was named last week to the watch list for the 2018 Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top catcher.
>Senior shortstop Justin Jones is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning second-team honors in 2017 after third-team accolades in 2016. His GPA, which is now 4.11, was the highest on the entire Academic America team.
>The GSU pitching staff ranks second in the Sun Belt with a 3.50 ERA. That includes a 9-1 mark and a 2.16 ERA for the weekend rotation of Hunter Gaddis, Jake Rogers and Jordan Lee.
>The top pitcher for the Panthers is sophomore right-hander and Friday starter Hunter Gaddis, who is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA, which leads the Sun Belt. He is tied for the NCAA lead in victories.
>Gaddis was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA as a freshman while pitching as the Saturday starter. Following his standout rookie season, Gaddis became the first Panther to pitch for the Team USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2017.
>Saturday starter Jake Rogers (3-1, 2.22) is also off to a strong start, including combined shutouts vs. Jacksonville and Samford.
>Georgia State’s 2018 schedule is perhaps the most challenging in school history, highlighted by Power 5 foes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Ole Miss.
>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 340 for the Panthers as part of his 527 career wins.
THE SERIES WITH OLE MISS:
>Georgia State and Ole Miss are meeting for the third time in five years but for the first time in Atlanta. Ole Miss leads the series 3-2.
>Last season, the teams split a midweek series at Oxford. Ole Miss won 1-0 on Tuesday, and GSU won 2-0 in 11 innings on Wednesday as Justin Jones drove in the game’s only runs with a two-run double in the 11th. The GSU staff held the Rebels to one run on six hits in 19 innings in the two games.
>In a weekend series in Oxford in 2014, Ole Miss won 3-0 and 9-1 before Georgia State took the Sunday game 6-4. Matt Rose, now in the Chicago White Sox organization, pitched a complete game.
>Ole Miss is the highest-ranked team to visit Panthersville since No. 2 Georgia Tech in 2010.
>Georgia State’s last win over a ranked team was last year’s 2-0 win at No. 14 Ole Miss.
>Both teams have played and swept Eastern Illinois over the last two weekends. Two weeks ago, Georgia State won 7-2, 8-4 and 6-5 (12). Then last weekend, Ole Miss won 7-2, 4-0, 7-3.