LAFAYETTE, LA. -- Hunter Gaddis turned in another tremendous start, but Georgia State fell 2-0 at Louisiana in Friday's series opener at Russo Park.
Gaddis, the junior right-hander, pitched a complete game and allowed two runs but only one earned on five hits while striking out 11.
His 11 strikeouts raise his season to total to 102. He is the just the third Panther pitcher ever to strike out 100 in a season and the first since 1996, when David Giancarlo set the school record with 115 and Rodney Dickinson added 105 punchouts.
Over his last two starts, Gaddis (1-7) has allowed only three earned runs to Louisiana and Texas State while striking out 20, but the Panthers (14-36, 5-20 Sun Belt)
scored one run in the two contests.
Louisiana (23-28, 11-14) manufactured the game's first run in the second inning on an infield hit, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. They moved ahead 2-0 with an unearned run in the fifth inning as Brennan Breaux was hit by pitch with one out, moved to third on a double by Tremaine Spears and then scored on a passed ball. With Spears at third, Gaddis struck out the next two to end the inning.
It appeared that the Panthers were going to jump in front in the top of the first as Daino Deas reached on a walk and would have scored on Corso's ball down the right field line, but the ball bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. Then with runners at second and third, Brandon Bell lined out as the shortstop made a tough diving stab.
The series continues with Game 2 scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.