The Panther offense was shut down through the first five innings, but exploded for six runs in the sixth inning and six more in the eighth to cruise to the win. Three different Panthers drove in multiple runs on the day, including Scott Sarratt, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Senior pitcher Ben Marshall picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season by allowing just two runs over seven innings with three strikeouts.
The victory was the Panthers' 20th of the season as the team improved to 20-27 overall and 11-12 in CAA play. VCU fell to 26-21, 12-14 with the loss.
"All year long we've responded and bounced back," GSU head coach Greg Frady said, touching on the Panthers' ninth-inning loss Friday to the Rams. "Today was a great team win and we needed that win."
The Rams scored once in the first and again in the third to open a 2-0 lead against Marshall (5-5).
Rams starter Seth Cutler-Voltz (4-3) held the Panthers in check for the first half of the game as GSU did not get a runner to second base over the first five innings.
That all changed in the sixth when the Panthers sent 12 men went to the plate, scoring six times on five hits.
After GSU loaded the bases with nobody out, Drew Shields singled into right to score Sarratt. Williams then chopped a double down the left field line to score Greg Bowder and Caden Bailey as GSU pulled in front, 3-2. Wood then doubled to clear the bases and pinch hitter Landon Bennett singled Wood home from second as GSU claimed a 6-2 advantage.
After both teams went scoreless in the seventh, the Panthers doubled their run total in the eighth with five more hits.
With runners on second and third, Sarratt ripped a single past the shortstop into left that scored both runners for an 8-2 GSU lead. Later in the inning with runners on the corners, Bailey brought in pinch runner Gabe Shivers with a single to make it 9-2. A fielder's choice and throwing error scored Bowder for GSU's 10th run of the game. Williams singled to center to score Bailey for an 11-2 Panther lead and Kody Adams' sacrifice fly scored Shields for the Panthers' final tally.
The Rams scored on an infield single in the ninth, but freshman Jerry Stuckey tossed the final two innings to finish the Panther victory.
The nine-run win is GSU's second such margin of victory in three weeks after a 14-5 victory at Towson won that series.
The Panthers look to win their second straight road conference series Sunday as they battle the Rams at The Diamond at 1 p.m.