ATLANTA- Scott Sarratt and Kody Adams each homered and the Georgia State baseball team raced past Western Illinois with nine straight runs for a 9-4 victory Sunday to claim the opening series of the season at the GSU Baseball Complex.

The Panthers (3-1) took three of four games from the Leathernecks (1-3) for the second consecutive season, belting out 13 hits Sunday for the team's third straight win.

Caden Bailey led the way with three hits, while Jonathan Kolowich, Sarrartt, Roy Seltenrijch and Brandon Williams all had two hits apiece.

The Leathernecks scored once in the second inning, then extended their lead to 4-0 by scoring three more runs in the fifth inning. The visitors were aided by four Panther defensive errors as GSU starter Jerry Stuckey did not yield an earned run in his 4.2 innings pitched. The freshman right-hander yielded six hits while striking out two in his first career outing.

GSU answered right away in the bottom of the fifth. After an RBI single by Seltenrijch, Williams drilled a double off the wall with the bases loaded to score two runs. Kolowich later tied the game, 4-4, with a sacrifice fly to left as GSU quickly erased their deficit.

Freshman right-hander Connor Stanley (1-0) came in for his second appearance of the season and held the Leathernecks scoreless over three innings, allowing just one hit. Twice he was able to keep a runner from scoring after reaching third base with just one out.

The Panthers took the lead with one run in the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly by Seltenrijch that scored Sarratt, who had doubled.

Sarratt then broke the game open an inning later by belting a homer to left field with two men aboard that gave GSU an 8-4 advantage.

The freshman Adams followed suit an inning later, smacking the first home run of his career to right-center field for the game's final tally. Adams finished the series slugging .643 and scoring a team-high six runs.

GSU right-hander Aidan McLaughlin came on for the second straight day to preserve the win with a perfect ninth inning.

Kolowich's two hits Sunday give him six in his first 12 at-bats this year, as he's slugged at an .833 clip.

The Panthers return to action Wednesday with their first road trip of the season, traveling to face in-state foe #21 Georgia (2-0) at Foley Field at 5 p.m.