ATLANTA – Chad Prain belted three doubles and a triple and Nick Squeglia earned his 14th career victory as Georgia State defeated Alabama State, 14-1, Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Georgia State improved to 16-10 on the season, while Alabama State fell to 15-12.

Squeglia, the senior right-hander from Lawrenceville, Ga., allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings with five strikeouts. He retired the final 19 batters he faced to improve to 3-0 on the season and 14-6 in his career, and he stands in ninth place in GSU history in career victories.

“Everything about the day was exactly what we needed after a tough weekend,” said GSU head coach Greg Frady. “We had all three phases going – we pitched, we hit and we played defense, and we had guys come off the bench and contribute.”

Prain went 4-for-4 on the day and drove in three runs. The junior shortstop from Valdosta, Ga., extended his hitting streak to 15 games and raised his batting average to .490 on the season. He has reached base in every game this season in which he has batted (24 straight).

"Chad truly is the spark for our team," said Frady. "And the thing about it is, he's not hitting weak balls for cheap hits; every one is on the button. He is just playing great."

Alabama State scored first on Richard Amion’s double inside the bag at third base, which scored Dillon Cooper and gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

The Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning as Prain tripled to left field, scoring Greg Bowder and Caden Bailey for a 2-1 GSU lead.

Georgia State then broke open the game with seven runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to move ahead 9-1, and then the Panthers added five runs in the eighth.

Freshman Shane Gordon came off the bench to contribute three hits, two RBI and two runs. Another freshman, James Clements, belted a bases-loaded double to score three runs in the Panthers’ five-run eighth inning.

Freshman center fielder Josh Merrigan added two hits and two RBI.

Backing Squeglia at the plate was an outstanding defensive performance by Bowder, the Panthers’ senior second baseman. Several times during the game, Bowder ranged far to his right to field ground balls behind the bag at second and throw out the runner. He also contributed two hits and two RBI while scoring four times.

“Nick had a good command going today, and he was helped by the stellar defense we played behind him,” said Frady. “Greg Bowder was just outstanding at second base. I can think of at least three plays where he took base hits away. We made some plays behind Nick, he struck some guys out, we scored some runs, and he just got on a roll.”

Squeglia also credited the Panthers' defense.

"It's so easy to go after guys with fastballs and throw your breaking ball for strikes when you have defense like that behind you," said Squeglia. "Greg had an amazing game, and that made my job easy. We were just rock-solid defensively."

Travis Lee pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.

Alabama State starter Joseph Camacho (3-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on 10 hits in four innings.

Georgia State heads back on the road this weekend for a Colonial Athletic Association weekend series at Delaware, beginning with a 3 p.m. game Friday.

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