ATLANTA - The Georgia State baseball team traveled across town on Tuesday night for its final non-conference game of the regular season and fell to No. 6 Georgia Tech, 9-3. It was the Panthers first trip back to Russ Chandler Stadium since last year's NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Four home runs by the Yellow Jackets, who lead the NCAA in home runs coming into the day, proved to be too much for the Panthers on a day in which the wind was blowing out to right field. The Panthers, who lead the nation in runs per game, were held to just three on seven hits.
With the loss, Georgia State fell to 31-21-1 overall, while Georgia Tech improved to 42-10 on the season. Both teams have one more regular season series left this weekend before entering their respective conference championships next week.
The Panthers faced the Yellow Jackets twice at Russ Chandler Stadium last year. After winning the first during the regular season, State fell by the same 9-3 score in the first game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional, State's first appearance in a regional.
"I thought we played well both offensively and defensively tonight, even though we did not get many runs to show for it," commented head coach Greg Frady. "You have to give credit to Tech as they made some plays. It just didn't work out for us tonight."
Tony Plagman hit his first of two home runs in the top of the first, a two-run shot to give the Yellow Jackets an early 2-0 lead.
After Tech added one in the bottom of the second on an RBI-single by Brandon Thomas, Plagman belted his second two-run home run in the bottom of the third. Matt Skole followed a batter later with a solo home run over the right field wall to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-0 lead.
Panther starter Will Campbell (1-1) took the loss after 4.0 innings pitched. Campbell allowed eight hits and six runs, striking out five and walking none.
Thomas Nichols belted Georgia Tech's fourth home run of the night, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to extend the Yellow Jackets lead to 8-0 before the Panthers bullpen cooled the Yellow Jacket hitters.
Brandon Cumpton (8-2) was relieved after 6.0 innings for the Yellow Jackets and earned the win. Cumpton allowed just four hits, striking eight and walking just two after being moved from the weekend rotation to tonight's midweek start.
Two batters later, sophomore Daniel Blaustein pinch-hit and grounded out, but plated Sackett to cut the Yellow Jackets lead to 8-2.
Senior Bradley Logan belted a double to right center in the top of the eighth and scored two batters later when Williams hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field, cutting the Yellow Jackets lead to six. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Panthers would get.
The RBI was Williams 68th of the season, putting him just two back of Jay Langston's 1999 school-record of 70.
Moniz led the Panthers at the plate with a pair of hits, going 2-for-4.
Plagman, who now has 52 home runs in his career, tied for the third most in Georgia Tech history, went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs to lead the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia State will return to the diamond for the final regular season series of the year on Friday night at 6 p.m., hosting William & Mary. Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale will serve as senior day. The Panthers honors their three seniors, Bradley Logan, Ryan Moore and Carl Moniz.
Friday night's game will air live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with the Panther Pregame Show at 5:30 p.m.
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