ATLANTA -- Ryan Glass and Jack Thompson homered for Georgia State and the Panthers rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before falling 4-3 in 10 innings to Appalachian State Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
App State (17-32, 8-18) evened the series, which will be decided with a 1 p.m. game Sunday on Senior Day. Twelve Georgia State (24-26, 8-17) seniors will be honored before the game, which will air on PantherVision.
Thompson hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning and then started the Panthers ninth-inning rally. After App State regained the lead with an unearned run in the top of the ninth, the senior first baseman smacked a one-out double off the wall in center field. After a walk by Kalen Puckett, senior Kendall Ford singled through the right side to score pinch runner Griffin Cheney from second base with the tying run.
With runners at second and third, Justin Jones was intentionally walked to load the bases, but a double play ended the inning and forced extras.
App State scored a run in the top of the 10th on an RBI-single by Kendall McGowan, and the Panthers could not rally again.
Glass, the Panthers' freshman designated hitter, homered for the third straight game with a solo shot in the third inning to the game at 1-1. That is Glass' seventh homer of the season, the most by a GSU freshman since 1997, when Jay Langston also hit seven. The GSU freshman record is 15 by the Panthers' all-time home run leader Jason Glover in 1993.
Georgia State starter Jake Rogers was outstanding but did not figure in the decision. The junior right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
App State closer Luke Watts (2-3) earned the win by pitching 2.2 innings, and Brandon Bell (0-2) took the loss for GSU.