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Nic Wilson hit his 11th homer of the season and drove in three runs.

Wilson's 11th HR Leads 19-3 Win over Alabama A&M

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ATLANTA -- Nic Wilson hit his 11th home run of the season and drove in three runs to lead Georgia State to a 19-3 victory over Alabama A&M on a windy, cold Tuesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Caden Bailey and Chad Prain each drove in three runs for the Panthers (11-14), while Chase Raffield and Greg Bowder added two RBI apiece.

GSU starter Tyler McClure, the left-hander from Blue Ridge, Ga., allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings to earn the victory and even his record at 2-2.

Georgia State pounded out 17 hits in the game and scored in each of the first four innings to build a 13-1 lead and cruise to the victory, snapping a six-game losing streak.

"We played well in all three phases," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "Tyler gave us a good start, and that's two games in a row he has pitched us into the second half of the game. We played good defense, and of course, everybody had a good day offensively.

"It feel really good to play well and win."

Wilson, the senior first baseman who is second in the nation in homers, hit his two-run blast to left field in the second inning. He also drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth inning for his 33rd RBI of the season.

"He threw a breaking ball down and away, a pretty good pitch down in the zone," Wilson said of his homer. "We talk about keeping your bat speed going no matter what, whether you're fooled or not, and I think I did a pretty good job keeping the bat going forward, and it flew a little bit for me."

Freshman center fielder Ryan Blanton contributed three hits and one RBI, and freshman catcher Zach Moon, making just his third start behind the plate, added two hits and an RBI.

Ten different Panthers had hits in the game.

Alabama A&M (10-17) starter Ryan Ahrens (1-3) allowed seven runs in two innings to suffer the loss. Justin Folger had two hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs.

The two teams will meet against Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex. Sophomore lefty Wayne Wages will make his first start for the Panthers.

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