ATLANTA--Scott Sarratt drove in three runs, including a two-run single to highlight a seven-run fifth inning as Georgia State rallied past Fordham, 12-9, Friday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Chris Triplett and Nic Wilson drove in two runs each for the Panthers, who improved to 17-13 on the season. Fordham fell to 11-16.

The Rams took an 8-5 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run double by Ian Edmiston, who also homered in the game, but Georgia State responded immediately with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.

Mark Hogan drove in Triplett with a double and then scored on a single by Nic Wilson. Then with two outs, Chase Raffield was hit by a pitch to load for Sarratt, who delivered his two-run single through the left side. After Caden Bailey came home on a wild pitch, Triplett drove home two more with a sharp single to center field.

“We put it together as a team and did enough to win the ballgame,” said Greg Frady. “We came up with some big RBI hits, and the team pulled together and did what we needed to do.”

Freshman Nathan Bates (2-1) came on in the third and pitched six innings to earn the victory. He allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four. Starter Nick Squeglia threw two innings as planned after his scheduled start was rained out on Wednesday.

Connor Stanley pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

Georgia State jumped in front with two runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Raffield and an RBI-grounder by Sarratt, but Fordham scored five in the second, aided by two GSU errors.

The Panthers immediately tied the game in the bottom of the second as Wilson contributed an run-scoring single and Josh Merrigan and Chad Prain drove home runs with groundouts.

Fordham starter Joseph Charest (1-5) took the loss. He allowed all 12 runs but only six were earned as the Rams committed three errors.

Georgia State’s Prain, the nation’s leading hitter who entered the game with a .487 batting average, was just 1-for-5 tonight, but he extended his hitting streak to 19 games and has reached base in 28 consecutive games. He was also hit by a pitch for the ninth time this season.

The series continues with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and then a single game Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

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