ATLANTA -- Hunter Gaddis earned his Sun Belt Conference-leading eighth victory and Ryan Glass homered for the second straight game to lead Georgia State to a 4-2 victory over Appalachian State Friday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Fighting for a berth in the Sun Belt tournament, Georgia State improved to 24-25, 8-16 Sun Belt, while App State fell to 16-32, 7-18.
Gaddis, the sophomore right-hander, blanked the Mountaineers for seven innings before allowing two runs in the eighth. He pitched eight innings and allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks to improve to 8-3 on the season.
Gaddis' eight victories are the most for a Panther pitcher since Will Campbell tied the school record with nine in 2011.
Senior Jansen Acton pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his sixth save.
Glass, the Panthers' freshman designated hitter, belted a two-run homer in the seventh ininng to put Georgia State ahead 4-0. That is his sixth homer of the season, the most for a GSU freshman since Bradley Logan hit six in 2007. Glass also homered in Tuesday's win at Kennesaw State.
Georgia State jumped in front with two runs in the first inning. Kendall Ford led off the game with a single, followed by Justin Jones, who doubled to put runners at second and third. Then Nick Gatewood and Will Kilgore delivered back-to-back sacrifice flys to the Panthers up 2-0 against App State left-hander Colin Schmid (4-6).
But that was all the scoring in the game until Glass' homer in the seventh as both starters were impressive.
"Hunter Gaddis was absolutely the story of the game," head coach Greg Frady said. "When Hunter pitches like Hunter, we always have a chance to win. That was a tight game - thank goodness for Ryan Glass' home run. I'm proud of the team for continuing to fight. To win this first game in a very crucial Sun Belt series is great."
Game 2 of the series is Saturday at 2 p.m.