ATLANTA- Freshman Matt Rose homered and senior Nick Squeglia earned his 13th career victory as Georgia State won its third straight game with a 13-5 victory over UNC Asheville Wednesday afternoon at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Caden Bailey drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to 16 games and Chad Prain added three RBI to help the Panthers (9-5) complete the two-game sweep and win for the fifth time in their last six games. UNC Asheville fell to 4-9.
Squeglia (2-0), the fifth-year veteran from Lawrenceville, Ga., pitched into the sixth inning and allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks to improve his career record to 13-6. He moved into ninth place in the GSU record book for career victories.
Georgia State jumped in front with four runs in the second and two more in the third to lead 5-0 when the Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Panthers responded immediately as Rose, the rookie from Melbourne, Fla., led off the bottom of the fifth with his first homer of the season over the left field fence to start a five-run inning.
"I'm happy for Matt," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "As a young guy, to get your first home run under your belt makes the second one come a little easier."
After Rose's homer, the Panthers loaded the bases on three straight walks, and Bailey was hit by pitch to bring home a run. After a sacrifice fly by Chase Raffield scored another run, Prain belted a two-run double to increase the GSU lead to 11-2.
"The moment of the game came when we had a 6-0 lead and then they got two to get back in the game.
We talked in the dugout about needing to respond, and we did. That was the moment of the game," said Frady.
UNC Asheville scored three in the sixth on a two-run double by Justin Woods and a GSU error, but the Panthers got two back in the seventh on an error and a wild pitch.
"Game two in the middle of the week, it can be difficult to maintain focus, especially in really cold conditions," said Frady. "We were fighting the elements, trying to keep our momentum going and trying to get some new people in there. All in all, it was a great team win."
Georgia State jumped in front with a four-run second inning as Sarratt doubled home Rose, who led off with a walk. Two runs came home on an error, and Prain drove home the fourth run with a groundout.
Bailey, the Panthers' sophomore infielder who started at third base today, contributed a two-run single in the third inning that gave the Panthers a 6-0 advantage. The hit also extended his hitting streak to 16 games, dating back to the final three games of 2012.
After Squeglia, freshman right-hander Brantley Burton allowed one unearned run in two innings of work, freshman lefty Michael Lelko retired the side in the eighth, and sophomore Connor Stanley pitched a scoreless ninth.
"Nick gave us a five innings, which is a good start," said Frady. "He had to sit a long time during the bottom of the fifth. I probably shouldn't have let him go back out there in the sixth, not because he wasn't pitching well but because the top of the inning was so long."
Georgia State hosts its first conference series of the season as George Mason visits Friday through Sunday. First pitch Friday is set for 6 p.m.