ATLANTA- Senior Jonathan Kolowich remained hot with his fourth double of the series and the Georgia State baseball team rallied from five runs down to claim an 11-9 win over Western Illinois Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
The Panthers (2-1) had just seven hits on the day, but capitalized on 12 free passes and four errors by the Leathernecks (1-2) to take the win.
GSU climbed in front in the first inning by plating two runs off WIU freshman starter Nick Smith. With Kody Adams on third base and Drew Shields on first, the Panthers perfectly executed a double steal to score the first run of the game. Joel Van Asch later singled to score Shields as GSU went up 2-0.
WIU came back with seven straight runs of their own, including six off Panthers starter Tyler Claburn to take a five-run lead in the sixth inning.
With GSU trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers roared back with the help of sloppy defensive play from the visitors. Sparked by four Leatherneck errors and a hit by Caden Bailey, the Panthers pushed six runs across in the inning to leap back in front, 8-7.
Kolowich is slugging .889 on the young season with all four of his hits going for doubles in nine at-bats.
German native Max Schmitz (1-0) made his first appearance for the Panthers, picking up the win by tossing two-thirds of an inning prior to the GSU comeback.
Panther reliever Hunter Cash helped the cause by holding the Leathernecks hitless in the seventh and eighth innings. Fellow sophomore Aidan McLaughlin finished the game in the ninth inning in his first appearance of the year.
Van Asch finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored, while Shields came around to score three times for the home team.
Leathernecks right-hander Sam Welvaert (0-1) took the loss.
The teams are slated to wrap up their four-game series Sunday at noon at the GSU Baseball Complex.