GEORGIA STATE (8-4) at SAMFORD (7-7)
Friday-Sunday, Joe Lee Griffin Field, Birmingham, Ala.
THE SCHEDULE (Times updated due to anticipated inclement weather)
Friday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 10, 1 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. ET
COVERAGE: Free live video on SoCon Digital Network
Friday: GSU RHP Hunter Gaddis (So., 3-0, 0.93) vs. SAM RHP Cody Shelton (Sr., 0-1, 3.95)
Saturday: GSU RHP Jake Rogers (Jr., 2-1, 3.18) vs. SAM RHP Stephen Jones (Jr., 0-2, 7.53)
Sunday: GSU RHP Jordan Lee (Sr., 1-0, 3.63) vs. SAM LHP Samuel Strickland (Fr., 2-0, 1.08)
>Georgia State (8-4) enters its weekend series at Southern Conference foe Samford (7-7) having won four of its last five games, including last weekend's sweep of Eastern Illinois.
>Georgia State leads the nation in doubles play per game at 1.50 (18 double plays in 12 games).
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is the Panthers’ leading hitter at .366 with two homers and eight RBI while throwing out seven of 10 runners attempting to steal. He was named this week to the watch list for the 2018 Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top catcher.
>Gatewood went 6-for-12 with a homer, four RBI and five runs scored in the Eastern Illinois series while catching 29 of the 30 innings. In Sunday’s win, he threw out two runners attempting to steal, picked off another runner at third and after EIU put the leadoff runner on in the 12th, he started a 2-6-3 double play on a bunt.
>Senior shortstop Justin Jones is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning second-team honors in 2017 after third-team accolades in 2016. His GPA, which is now 4.11, was the highest on the entire Academic America team.
>With 34 career sacrifice bunts, Jones just broke the GSU career record. He ranks fourth among all active Division I players.
>The top pitcher for the Panthers is sophomore right-hander and Friday starter Hunter Gaddis, who has won his first three starts with a 0.93 ERA (third in the Sun Belt Conference)
>Gaddis was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA as a freshman while pitching as the Saturday starter. He led the team with 67 strikeouts in 75.0 innings, against 19 walks, and had a .227 average against.
>Following his standout rookie season, Gaddis became the first Panther to pitch for the Team USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2017.
>Saturday starter Jake Rogers (2-1, 3.18) is also off to a strong start, including 6-2/3 scoreless innings in a combined shutout of Jacksonville. Sunday starter Jordan Lee (1-0, 3.63) allowed just one run on one hit in 6.1 innings vs. Eastern Illinois.
>Georgia State’s 2018 schedule is perhaps the most challenging in school history, highlighted by Power 5 foes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Ole Miss.
>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 337 for the Panthers as part of his 524 career wins.
>Georgia State and Samford have met 64 times previously but are playing for the first time since 2009, when the teams split a home-and-home. Samford won 12-2 in Birmingham and then GSU won 9-3 in Atlanta.
>Samford holds a slim 34-30 advantage in the overall series, the bulk of which was played when both schools were members of the TAAC/Atlantic Sun Conference.
>Samford features the NCAA's active home run leader in Austin Edens with 46 career homers.