ATLANTA--The Georgia State baseball team fell to Grambling State, 17-7, in Sunday's series finale at the GSU Baseball Complex as the Tigers took the series, two games to one.
Richard Kiser hit a three-run homer for Grambling (2-5) and Dionte Mandeldove also drove in three runs.
Senior second baseman Greg Bowder drove in three runs for Georgia State (4-4), and Caden Bailey collected three hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
"There's two things we can take from this series," said Georgia State head coach Greg Frady. "Teams are going to play us really hard. We've got to understand that and get tougher. Every game is going to be hard-fought, and we have to play better. We have to field the bunts better, move runners over better, get better pitches to hit, have better at-bats, make better pitches. Only time and experience are going to help our young team. Of course we've been practicing those things. Of course we're going to continue to work on those things. But it's game experience that gets guys seasoned and calm and confident."
The Panthers jumped in front with three runs in the fourth inning as Nic Wilson doubled home Mark Hogan and Chad Prain delivered a two-out, two-run single for a 3-0 lead.
Georgia State starter Aidan McLaughlin (0-2) was dominant for the first four innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits, before running into trouble in the fifth. He walked three of the first four hitters in the fifth, and then two runs scored on an error by third baseman Matt Rose, who fielded a ground ball for a force at third but threw wildly to first trying to turn the double play.
Although he took the loss, McLaughlin recorded career highs with 5.0 innings and seven strikeouts in just his second career start.
"As Aidan transitions into being a starter, this was the longest he's gone and the best he's pitched," said Frady. "I thought he did a fantastic job and gave us a chance to win. I wish that we could have supported him a little better in the field. But good signs from Aidan, and I think he will continue to grow as a pitcher."
Trailing 3-2, Grambling moved ahead with three runs in the sixth, After an RBI-single by Mandeldove tied the game, Korey Hall delivered a two-run single to put the Tigers ahead, 5-3.
After Georgia State responded with a run in the sixth on an RBI-groundout by Bowder, Grambling added two runs in the seventh and then took control with a six-run eighth inning.
Grambling starter Edvarda Matusevicius did not figure in the decision after scattering three runs on eight hits in 4-1/3 innings. T.J. Murphy (1-0) got the final two outs in the fifth inning to earn the victory, and Armando Manrrique pitched the final four innings, allowing three runs on six hits for his first save.
Georgia State hosts Georgia Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex. For tickets, call 866-GA-STATE.