ATLANTA -- ATLANTA -- Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield homered to power Georgia State to a 15-9 victory over Siena Tuesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Wilson went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in for the Panthers (8-8), who snapped a 9-9 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and then broke the game open with four in the eighth, highlighted by Wilson's solo blast to center field, his third homer of the season.
The two teams combined for 18 runs in the first four innings as Siena (0-13) put up four in the third and four more in the fourth to take a 9-7 lead on Mike Allen's two-run single. From there, the GSU bullpen shut down the Saints.
The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Wilson just missed a home run, settling for a long single off the wall in right field that scored Chad Prain and Matt Rose with two outs.
Georgia State took the lead for good with two more runs in the fifth. Joey Roach and David Mayo led off with back-to-back doubles, and Caden Bailey brought home Mayo with another double to put GSU ahead 9-7.
One game after his walk-off homer against Xavier, the freshman Mayo was 3-for-5 on the day with three RBI.
GSU starter Tyler McClure pitched only three innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs, although only three were earned, and walking four. But Ben Burns (2-1) provided four innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory, and Hunter Cash and Kevin Burgee finished the game with one shutout inning each.
"It was really middle-of-the-week baseball, with boths teams trying to do what they need to do to be positioned well for the weekend," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "Our emphasis was to try to get our offense untracked and I think we did a good job of that tonight. And I'm really proud of Ben Burns, Hunter Cash and Kevin Burgee for the relief job they did when that game was really tight.
"We hung in there. Our job is to win the game, and we did that."
The Panthers added four insurance runs in the eighth on Wilson's homer, a run-scoring double by Chris Triplett, and RBI-singles by Mayo and Bailey, who had three hits and two RBI on the day.
"Nic Wilson is our guy right now. He has been fantastic," Frady said. "It couldn't happen to a better person in the way of a great team guy, a hard worker, a great leader. He's wanted this and worked for it, and I'm glad to see it materializing."
Raffield's homer, his third of the season, came in a three-run third inning. Catcher Joey Roach added two hits and two RBI for the Panthers.
Allen drove in three runs for the Saints, as did Dan Swain, who hit a three-run homer in the third.
Siena starter Rick Morales (0-1) took the loss.
The two teams play again Wednesday at 4 p.m.