The Panthers, who shut out Samford Friday and Saturday, have won seven of their last eight games to improve to 11-4, which equals GSU's best 15-game start ever. The team also started 11-4 in 2009 and 2011.
Georgia State jumped in front with five runs in the first inning. Jones, the senior shortstop, started the scoring with a solo home run, his first of the season. Then the Panthers loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter for Enrique Ferrer, who drew a walk for the second run. Then Will Kilgore delivered a two-run single to right center, Luke Leonard followed with a sacrifice fly, and the Panthers led 5-0.
The Panthers led 6-0 in the third when Samford scored its first runs of the series to pull within 6-3.
After the teams traded runs, Georgia State scored two key insurance runs in the eighth inning. Corso came off the bench and led off the inning with a pinch-hit, opposite field homer, his first of the season. After Kendall Ford walked, Jones ripped a double inside the bag at third and into the left corner to score Ford and put the Panthers up 9-4.
The Panthers managed just five hits on the day but drew 11 walks off seven Samford (7-10) pitchers.
Samford mounted a ninth inning rally, pulling witin 9-7 on a three-run homer by Anthony Mulrine, who pulled the ball down the left field line just inside the foul pole. But Tyler Koch came on and struck out pinch hitter Samuel Strickland to end the game and earn his first save.