ATLANTA -- Daino Deas and Jake Corso had three hits each and Josh Smith and Luke Leonard each drove in two in Georgia State's 9-5 victory over Georgia Southwestern Tuesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
On a staff day, freshman Ryan Watson allowed no earned runs in four innings to earn the victory. Senior right fielder Brandon Bell made his first appearance of the season on the mound and closed the game with two scoreless innings for his first save of the season and the second of his career.
The Panthers (5-11) jumped in front with three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Elian Merejo and sacrifice files by Smith and Bell.
In GSU's five-run third, Smith had an RBI-single, Leonard a two-run single and Deas a sacrifice fly, and the fifth run scored on a wild pitch. Deas led off the eighth inning with a double and scored on a balk for an insurance run.
Watson (2-1), the right-hander from North Gwinnett High School, earned his second victory, as he allowed just three hits in four innings and did not walk a batter. Georgia Southwestern (9-14) managed two unearned runs in the second inning.
The Hurricanes pulled within 8-5 with three runs in the fifth, but sophomore righty Joah Curry kept them off the scoreboard in the sixth and seventh. He surrendured back-to-back hits to start the eighth to bring on Bell, who quickly rolled a double play ball and then got the third out on a pop up. Two runners reached in the ninth on a strikeout-wild pitch and a pop up single down the left field line, but Leonard ended the game with a running catch in center field.
Georgia State hosts No. 8 Georgia Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a game that will air on PantherVision.