MOBILE, ALA. -- In a game that featured five lead changes, Terrell Frazier's three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Georgia State a one-run lead, but South Alabama rallied with four runs in the bottom half to win 10-7 in Saturday's series finale at Stanky Field
South Alabama (19-20, 8-10 Sun Belt) swept the series, but in all three games, the Panthers (12-28, 3-15 Sun Belt) led in the seventh inning or later.
The Panthers jumped in front on Brandon Bell's RBI-single in the first inning and then took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Rhett Harper drove in one run with a bloop single that dropped in shallow left field, and then Luke Leonard brought home another with a sacrifice fly.
After South Alabama tied the game with two in the bottom of the fourth, GSU regained the lead on another sacrifice fly, this one by Griffin Cheney, in the top of the fifth. But the Jaguars scored two unearned runs in their half to lead 6-4.
That was the score in the eighth inning when Elian Merejo and Josh Smith led off with back-to-back, opposite field singles. With one out, the left-handed hitting Frazier pinch hit. He fell behind 0-2 in the count before blasting his second homer of the season over the right field fence to put the Panthers up 7-6.
But South Alabama managed one more rally with four runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single up the middle and a two-run double that dropped just inside the left field line.
Smith, the freshman first baseman-outfielder, extended his hitting streak to eight games. He was 6-for-12 with four RBI in the series.
Continuing a stretch of five games in six days, all on the road, Georgia State will play at Kennesaw State Monday at 6 p.m. and then at Furman Wednesday before returning home to host Coastal Carolina next weekend.