Harrisonburg, Va. – Georgia State’s Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield each homered and drove in four runs on the day as the Panthers split a doubleheader at James Madison, winning the first game, 14-12, before dropping the second game, 9-8 in 10 innings, Saturday at Eagle Field at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Georgia State has won 10 of its last 12 games and now stands 26-15, 6-8 in the CAA. JMU is 17-21, 7-12 CAA.
The Panthers’ last seven games have been decided by a total of eight runs, including six one-run contests and four extra-inning games, with GSU winning five of the seven games.
GSU shortstop Chad Prain had a single and was hit by a pitch in the first game before failing to reach base in the second game for the first time all season, ending his streak at 37 games in a row of reaching base safely.
"It was a long day of baseball, and even though I'm disappointed we didn't win them both, I'm proud of our team for how hard our team played for 19 innings," said GSU head coach Greg Frady.
Game Two: James Madison 9, Georgia State 8 (10)
James Madison’s Ty McFarland drove in the winning run with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th-inning to lift the Dukes to a 9-8 victory over Georgia State in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Eagle Field at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Georgia State trailed 7-1 in the game but rallied to take an 8-7-lead in the sixth inning, before the Dukes tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, JMU loaded the bases on three two-out walks to set up the game-winning hit.
Trailing 7-1, GSU struck for four runs in the fourth inning. With two outs, Nic Wilson delivered a run-scoring single to plate Chase Raffield, who started the rally with a one-out single. Mark Hogan followed with an RBI-single, and then Drew Shields belted a two-run double to pull the Panthers within 7-5.
Georgia State then took the lead with three runs in the seventh. Caden Bailey led off with an infield single, Wilson singled to right center, and an error by the center fielder allowed the runners to move up to second and third. Shields singled to center to score Bailey, and then Joey Roach drove home Wilson with a single to right field. Shields scored the go-ahead run on a double-steal attempt on which Roach was put out but stayed in the run-down long enough to allow Shields to score.
"We got down 7-1, and then we put up such a fight to get back in the game," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "Once we got went ahead 8-7, we just couldn't get another big hit."
Shields drove in three runs in the game, and Roach, who hit a solo homer in the third inning, added two RBI. Wilson contributed two hits for the Panthers.
"We didn't support Garrett defensively early in the game as well as we could have, but he did a good job to get us into the sixth inning," said Frady.
Game One: Georgia State 14, James Madison 12
Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield homered and combined to drive in seven runs as Georgia State defeated James Madison, 14-12, in the first game of a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Saturday at Eagle Field at Veteran's Memorial Park.
The Panthers broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Wilson's two-run homer. GSU continued to add to its advantage and led 14-8 before James Madison rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within 14-12. The Dukes loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Matt Rose induced a ground ball and shortstop Chad Prain started a game-ending, 6-4-3 double play to preserve the win.
Raffield went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored as he belted his team-leading eighth home run of the season with a solo blast in the sixth inning. He also had a two-run double in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Prain, one of the nation's leading hitters, had a single and drew a hit by pitch, his 12th of the season, to reach base for the 37th consecutive games. He also drove in two runs.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning, Caden Bailey and Chris Triplett led off with back-to-back singles for the Panthers, and then Raffield drove them home with a double to center. Wilson followed with his round-tripper for two more, going over the fence in left center for his fifth homer of the season. The inning continued with singles by Scott Sarratt and Greg Bowder before Josh Merrigan added an RBI-single, and pinch-runner Drew Shields came home on a wild pitch to put the Panthers ahead 7-1.
The Panthers added four runs in the fifth without a hit, collecting six walks and a hit by pitch, all after two were out.
Merrigan, Bailey, Sarratt and Bowder contributed two hits each for GSU.
For JMU, Conner Brown hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple and homer, and Colby Roberts drove in six runs.