ATLANTA -- Will Kilgore and Romero Greer drove in two runs each and seven Georgia State pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over Georgia Tech Wednesday at Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium.
The win is Georgia State's first over its Atlanta rival since 2012 and the fifth for the Panthers under head coach Greg Frady.
The Panthers have won four straight games to improve to 17-15 on the season.
Georgia State jumped in front quickly with two runs in the first inning. With two outs, Brandon Bell reached on an error and Jack Thompson was hit by a pitch, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Then Kilgore smacked a ball that bounced on the warning track and over the left field wall for a ground rule double, scoring both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Catcher Nick Gatewood, the reigning National Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his
With Georgia State leading 3-1, pinch hitter Jake Corso led off the sixth with a single, and Luke Leonard singled to put runners at first and second with two outs. Greer went the opposite way to triple inside the bag at first base and into the
"The two RBIs that Romero had really gave us that cushion we needed so that one play couldn't change the game," Frady said. "I got him thrown out at home plate, but I thought it was absolutely worth the risk. They had to make perfect throws."
Georgia Tech (20-14) managed an unearned run in the seventh to pull within 5-2, but reliever Brandon Baker ended the threat by striking out Tech's No. 2 and No. 3 hitters, including All-American Joey Bart.
Tech then loaded the bases in the eighth to put the tying run on base, but Tyler Koch struck out Nick Wilhite to end the inning.
Greer, the Panthers' left fielder, also made a big play in the ninth with a catch up against the wall for the second out.
Six of GSU's season-high 14 strikeouts came in the seventh and eighth innings, including three by Baker, one by Brandon Bell and two by Koch, who recorded the final five outs to earn his second save.
On a staff day for both teams, Georgia State starter Tanner Thomson (1-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings.
"Every single guy did something really well," Frady said of his pitching staff. "My goal was to not over-pitch anybody and to pitch everybody. Tanner Thomson really set the tone. And I could not be more proud of Tyler Koch. The hardest out to get in a baseball game is the 27th, and he got it tonight."
Georgia State returns home to host Sun Belt Conference foe Texas State in a weekend series that begins Friday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.
"We've got a four-game winning streak, we're playing some of the best