ATLANTA -- Georgia State Friday starter Hunter Gaddis is the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Baseball Player of the Week after tossing a complete-game, 3-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 2-0 victory at Samford.
The sophomore right-hander retired the first 14 batters, five of them on strikeouts, before Samford managed its first baserunner on an error with two outs in the fifth. After five no-hit innings, Gaddis allowed his first hit to lead off the sixth on a single up the middle by Mason Williamson. After another strikeout, Gaddis allowed his second single, and then with two outs, he plunked Anthony Mulrine to load the bases. But he struck out cleanup hitter Ayrton Schafer to end the threat.
Gaddis (4-0) then retired six straight, including two strikeouts in the eighth, both looking, to carry his shutout into the ninth. After Branden Fryman laid down a bunt single to lead off the ninth, Gaddis got a pop-up and a fly ball before ending it with his 10th strikeout to win his fourth straight decision.
"I was spotting my fastball to start off, and that's the key to every good game I pitch," Gaddis said. "My offspeed pitches were all working. I didn't really get a chance to throw my changeup very much, but my slider and curveball were working really tonight
I just took everything out of my heart and put it out there."
Gaddis' final line: 9 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts, 0 walks. He pitched Georgia State's first complete-game shutout since Wayne Wages' one-hitter vs. Appalachian State in 2016.
"The whole night was about pitching and playing defense behind Hunter. He did a heckua job," head coach Greg Frady said. "He really did have three pitches working tonight, and his pitch count was in such a good place all night long.
"I couldn't be more proud of him. He is absolutely is the reason we won tonight on Friday night, and that's four Fridays in a row that's he's given us a great start, pitching like a Friday night guy."
With his 4-0 start and 0.64 ERA, Gaddis has led the Panthers to an 11-4 mark, equalling the best 15-game start in program history.
Georgia State hosts No. 8 Ole Miss Tuesday (6 p.m.) and Wednesday (3 p.m.) at the GSU Baseball Complex.