ATLANTA - Two big innings were all the Georgia State baseball team needed on Tuesday afternoon to earn an 17-2 win over UNC Asheville at The Field at Panthersville. Junior Charley Olson pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball as the Panthers won their sixth straight.
Georgia State improved to 6-6 on the season, while UNC Asheville dropped to 4-7. The Panthers finished their seven-game home stand 6-1. During their winning streak, the Panthers have averaged 22.3 runs per game.
Olson (1-1) earned his first win in a Panther uniform. The Largo, Fla. native allowed just three hits, striking out six.
"I told the team after the game that a lot of talk has been about the offense as of lately and deserving so, but when your pitcher comes out and establishes the strike zone and gets everyone calmed down, it really helps the entire team," commented head coach Greg Frady. "It all starts with pitching and I thought that Charley Olson and Ben Marshall each did a very good job today."
Georgia State scored five in the second, followed by a seven-run seventh to put the game out of reach.
The Panthers got things going in the bottom of the second by loading the bases in. Junior Mark Micowski, who was named NCBWA National Player of the Week, as well as CAA Player of the Week, earlier in the day, singled to score sophomore Brandon Williams and give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Micowski finished the day 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Redshirt-sophomore Joey Wood followed with a double down the left field line, plating Maxwell and Micowski, giving State all the runs they would need.
The Panthers loaded the bases once again in the bottom of the third on three straight Bulldog walks.
Kolowich's sacrifice fly, scored junior Rob Lind, giving State a 6-0 lead. Moniz followed with a single thru the right-side, scoring Williams.
Moniz finished the day 3-for-3 with a run scored and one driven in.
UNC Asheville starter Drew Spear was relieved by Carson McLeon after 2.0 innings, allowing five hits, eight runs, all earned, while walking four.
McLeon pitched four solid innings, giving way Mike Vaughn who was not able to record an out in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Ben Marshall pitched 2.0 innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits.
The Panthers added two more in the sixth, along with seven in the seventh.
Wood finished the day with five hits, driving in three. Kolowich broke out of an early season slump with three hits and two runs scored.
Junior Ryan Fleming continued his hot play at the plate, pinch-hitting for Maxwell and finishing the day 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored.
Senior Bradley Logan added a pair of hits and a run scored.
Sophomore Justin Malone pitched the ninth to extend his scoreless inning streak to 17.1, dating back to April 11th of last season.
Ian Graham led the Bulldogs with three hits.
Georgia State begins an eight-game, three state road-trip on Friday at New Mexico State. First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m. ET. Live stats and video will be available for all three games via GeorgiaStateSports.com.
The Panthers will return to Atlanta and face Kennesaw State in Kennesaw next Wednesday at 6 p.m. Georgia State returns home on March 23rd, facing Alabama State at 5 p.m. Tickets for all Panther home games can be purchase at the box office, by calling 1-866-GA-STATE or visiting any Ticketmaster location.