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Chase Raffield came within one of the GSU record for RBI in a game, and Nic Wilso also homered today.

Raffield Drives in Seven to Lead GSU Over NKU 13-2

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ATLANTA -- Chase Raffield drove in seven runs with a homer and two doubles to lead Georgia State to a 13-2 victory over NOrthern Kentucky Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Raffield, the senior right fielder from Cochran, Ga., came within one of the GSU record and collected the most RBI for a Panther since Brandon Williams drove in seven versus Air Force in 2010.

The left-handed hitter had two two-run doubles and then smashed a three-run homer high off the scoreboard in right field. He also walked and was hit by a pitch to finish 3-for-3.

"I have to give credit to Nic Wilson and Matt Rose, who are hitting in front of me and behind me because they have to give me something to hit," Raffield said. "We definitely bounced back today. We had a couple of disappointing days, but we know what kind of team we are and we came back and battled today."

GSU (6-5) starter Matt Rose struck out a career-high eight in four innings before giving way to the bullpen. Rose allowed just three hits and the only run he surrendured came on a controversial solo home run by Cole Bauml, who pulled a ball down the left field line that was just fair. The ball was originally ruled foul by the third base umpire, but the crew huddled and the call was overturned.

Nic Wilson homered for the Panthers for the second straight day with a solo blast in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, hitting safely in every game this season.

Ben Burns (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief, and five other pitchers saw action for the Panthers. In the ninth inning, relievers Michael Lelko, Hunter Cash and Alex Prescott each needed just one pitch to record the three outs.

After struggling in the first two games of the series, Georgia State jumped on the Norse (3-8) with four runs in the first inning. The Panthers loaded the bases with no outs as Chad Prain singled, Greg Bowder was hit by a pitch, and Chris Triplett beat out a bunt single. Wilson walked to bring home one run, and then Raffield dropped a double into the right field corner for two more runs. Joey Roach added a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 GSU advantage.

In the fourth inning, Bowder drove in a run with a groundout, Triplett delivered a run-scoring single, and then Raffield ripped another double inside the bag at first base to put the Panthers ahead 9-1. His three-run homer came in the sixth inning, extending the lead to 12-1.

"It was a very much needed offensive day today," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "We did a better job of working counts and getting better swings. Northern Kentucky did a good job all weekend. Today we were able to make some adjustments and just have a better overall day. A Georgia State baseball day.

"We need to be committed to team baseball. We got away from that the last two days, but today we got it back and we need to build on it because we have a tough schedule coming up."

Rose was on a pitch limit after throwing a complete game last Sunday at Ole Miss, but he was dominant in his four innings, recording five straight strikeouts in the first and second innings.

"We predetermined that he was going to have a short outing today, but he really set the tone the way he came out with his control and his power," Frady said. "We were able to get him some runs early, and it was just a fantastic performance."

Georgia State plays at in-state rival Kennesaw State Tuesday at 6 p.m. before returning home to host Xavier for a three-game series next weekend.

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