ATLANTA -- Georgia State's ninth-inning rally came up just short as the Panthers fell 10-9 to Texas State in Friday's Sun Belt Conference series opener, snapping GSU's four-game winning streak.
Romero Greer had a career-high four RBIs with a two-run triple in the seventh and a two-run double in the ninth to lead the Panthers (17-16, 5-7 Sun Belt).
Georgia State entered the ninth inning down 10-5. After Will Kilgore drew a leadoff walk and Luke Leonard singled, Jake Corso delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single to score Kilgore. Then Greer smacked his double to left field, scoring two and cutting the deficit to 10-8.
After Nick Gatewood singled, Texas State closer Brayden Theriot came on and got the final out to record his fourth save.
Gatewood, the Panther catcher who is the reigning National Player of the Week, had three hits on the night to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
Texas State (18-15-1, 6-7 Sn Belt) jumped in front with five runs in the fourth inning as the Bobcats strung together seven hits in the inning with two doubles and five singles off GSU starter Hunter Gaddis (6-2).
One of the bright spots for Georgia State was a strong relief outing by freshman Trey Horton, who pitched three scoreless innings to keep the Panthers close.
Trailing 6-2, the Panthers pulled within one with three runs in the seventh. Kilgore and Leonard led off with back-to-back singles, and with one out, Greer hit a line drive that got past the diving center fielder for a two-run triple. That came one game after Greer also had a two-run triple in Wednesday's win at Georgia Tech.
Freshman Kalen PUckett followed with a RBI-groundout to pull the Panthers within 6-5.
But the Bobcats answered with three runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth, giving them the cushion they would need to hold off the Georgia State rally.
With rain forecasted for Sunday, Georgia State and Texas State will conclude their series with a DH Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.