ATLANTA- Kody Adams, Jonathan Kolowich and Brandon Williams each launched home runs as the Georgia State baseball team (4-2) topped Austin Peay (3-2) by an 8-5 margin to win their series opener on a windy Friday evening at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Preseason All-American Jake Dyer (1-1) picked up his first win of the year by striking out seven over 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks.
Senior right-hander Justin Malone made his season debut on the mound, entering in the ninth inning to preserve the win for his school-record 13th career save.
Governors starter Zach Toney (1-1) took the loss.
The teams played through a stiff breeze that gusted well over 30 miles per hour as the squads combined for four home runs.
GSU rallied after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning as three of the Panthers' four wins this season have come after trailing by at least three runs.
"This was an outstanding win to start the series against a very good ball club," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "Jake set the pace and gave us a great chance to win and then to see Justin come in the game at the end was awesome."
After Dyer allowed his only three runs in the second inning, the Panthers stormed back with eight straight scores.
With GSU down 3-2 in the third, Kolowich launched his first homer of the season to left center with one man aboard to put the Panthers ahead by one.
GSU extended their lead with one run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh.
Adams led off the seventh with a solo home run to right field, his second of the year, to make it 6-3. Two batters later, Williams made it 8-3 with his first long ball of the season, a two-run shot to left that scored Drew Shields who had singled.
Kolowich also singled and doubled in the game as the Panthers' first four hitters combined for eight hits, seven runs and five RBIs. Kolowich is slugging .895 to start the year with five doubles.
"He is really having an MVP-type start," Frady added about his senior right fielder. "He's doing all the things to help us win right now."
Malone, who missed the first week of the season after recovering from knee surgery, entered the game in the ninth after the Governors loaded the bases with nobody out, GSU ahead 8-3. After one run scored on a wild pitch and another on a fielder's choice, Malone retired the final Governors to earn the save.
The Panthers and Governors resume their three-game set with a 1 p.m. start time on Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.