Anderson Pitches Panthers to Second Straight Win Over Georgia, 3-2
Athens, Ga. -- Kenny Anderson allowed just one earned run while pitching into the seventh inning to lead Georgia State to a 3-2 victory at Georgia Wednesday at Foley Field, the Panthers' second straight road win over a Southeastern Conference foe.
Georgia State (5-3) followed Sunday's win at Ole Miss by defeating the Bulldogs (2-6) for the second straight year. The Panthers won in Athens for the first time since 2001 and just the third time ever.
Anderson (1-0), the junior left-hander from Loganville, Ga., earned his first win for the Panthers as he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two in 6.2 innings. Anderson gave up his only earned run in the first inning but worked out of the jam by rolling a double-play ball. He pitched into the seventh inning before allowing an unearned run and giving way to the bullpen.
"Without a doubt, Kenny Anderson was the star of the game," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "This was a game our team really wanted to win. Offensively, we were just flat, and couldn't get anything going. We were very fortunate to put together one multiple-run inning, and then Kenny Anderson and our bullpen really made that stand up."
Jerry Stuckey recorded the third out of the seventh inning, and Ben Burns pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Then Kevin Burgee got the final three outs for his second save.
"We want to be in that position to give him the ball with the lead in the ninth," Frady said of his closer Burgee.
Georgia State's potent bats were held in check by eight Georgia pitchers. The Panthers were held without a hit for the first six innings before scoring three runs in the seventh.
Chris Triplett led off the seventh with the Panthers' first hit, and Nic Wilson followed with a double deep to center field, putting runners at second and third with no outs off reliever David Sosebee.
Sosebee then hit the next two batters, Chase Raffield and Matt Rose, to bring in the tying run. Jarrett Brown came on in relief, and Joey Roach lined his first pitch to the center fielder for a sacrifice fly, putting the Panthers ahead 2-1.
Greg Bowder singled up the middle to load the bases again, and then Ryan Blanton drove in another run with a ground out, giving GSU a 3-1 advantage.
"Of course any time you beat an in-state team or an SEC team, it's big, but the reality is that winning just feels good and that was the next game on our schedule," Frady said. "I think something to talk about is the fact that have beaten two straight SEC teams on the road. I'm confident in our team and I think we should be in position to beat good teams on the road, and tonight we went out and did it."
In all five of its victories this season, Georgia State has trailed in the seventh inning or later.
After five straight road games, Georgia State returns home to play 12 of its next 13 games at home, beginning Friday at 4 p.m. when the Panthers open a three-game series against Northern Kentucky at the GSU Baseball Complex.