ATLANTA--Senior Nick Squeglia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts as Georgia State downed Alabama A&M, 20-0, Thursday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Squeglia (1-0), the fifth-year senior from Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill HS) who missed the 2012 season due to injury, allowed just one hit in six innings of work, a solid single up the middle by Deon Hall with one out in the sixth inning. Georgia State (3-2) relievers Connor Stanley, Blake Snyder and Matt Rose each threw a scoreless inning to complete the two-hit shutout.
"We played very well today, and it all started with our starting pitcher, Nick Squeglia, and the outstanding performance he gave us," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "I was proud of our team for bouncing back from a tough game Tuesday (at Georgia Tech). Our practice yesterday indicated to me that we would bounce back, and I was happy to see just that in the game today."
Merrigan, the rookie outfielder from Marietta, Ga., and Walton High School and the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, has gone 12-for-20 with 11 RBI in his first five college games.
Rose, another freshman from Melbourne, Fla., started the game at third base, moved to first base and then pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He drove in three runs with two doubles.
Alabama A&M fell to 1-5 on the season as freshman starter Austin Hulsey (0-1) took the loss.
Georgia State continues its homestand by hosting a three-game weekend series with Grambling. Games are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.