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Ryan Blanton's first career homer provided a key insurance run.

Panthers Win at Ole Miss 6-4 on Rose Complete Game, Triplett HR

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Oxford, Miss. -- Matt Rose pitched a complete game and Chris Triplett and Ryan Blanton homered as Georgia State downed No. 26 Ole Miss 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field, handing the Rebels their first loss.

Ole Miss (6-1) won the series, but Georgia State (4-3) earned its first road victory over a Southeastern Conference foe since a 2001 win at Georgia.

Rose, the sophomore right-hander from Melbourne, Fla., scattered four runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking four for the first complete game of his career. He also had two hits in the game.

"The team showed tremendous will to win," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "Matt Rose was amazing. He's a very talented young man, but his heart was even greater than his talent today."

Rose appeared to get stronger as the game went on.

"I conferred with him in the eighth and the ninth, and he told me he wanted to finish the game, and I think he earned that right," Frady said.

As they have in each of their victories this season, the Panthers trailed late. With GSU down 4-3 entering the seventh inning, Caden Bailey reached on a one-out single. Then Triplett smashed a 1-0 fastball from reliever Cheyne Bickel (0-1) over the bullpen in left field for his second homer of the season, putting the Panthers ahead 5-4.

"OUr team really battled back today and stayed much more patient in our approach," said Triplett, who also singled and tripled today.

"I was looking to go opposite field because all weekend they had been pitching me offspeed away, but I was able to adjust on the fastball in and put a pretty good swing on it."

One inning later, Blanton, a freshman, provided a key insurance run with his first career homer, as the left-handed hitter pulled an 0-2 pitch down the right field line.

"Chris Triplett had a great weekend. Ryan Blanton's first home run was really key and clutch, coming at just the right time," Frady said.

Georgia State got on the board in the first inning. After Chad Prain and Bailey led off the game with singles, Prain came home on a double steal and then Chase Raffield delivered a two-out double to right field to put the Panthers ahead 2-0.

Ole Miss evened the game with a pair of run in the bottom of the first and then moved ahead 3-2 in the second.

Triplett tied the game for the Panthers in the sixth with a triple to the right field corner to bring home Blanton, who led off the inning with a single.

But the Rebels answered again, moving ahead 4-3 on a run-scoring single by Austin Anderson.

Triplett went 3-for-5 with three RBI on the day, while Bailey, Rose, Blanton and Joey Roach contributed two hits each.

The Panthers played solid defense all weekend, turning their fifth double play of the series today. Raffield made a diving catch on a line drive in right field in the eighth inning.

"I'm very happy with our defensive play," Frady said. "Chase Raffield made a catch in right field that was huge, and Ryan Blanton made some important catches in center, and Joey Roach was outstanding behind the plate all weekend.

"It just feels good win because we earned it today. We played clean baseball. We hit, we pitched and we played defense."

Frady said the win has a little extra significance for him personally because his daughter, Bailey, is a student at Ole Miss.

The Panthers travel to Georgia for a mid-week test Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Foley Field.

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