Starkville, Miss.-- Brett Maxwell went 4-for-4 and Georgia State (9-1) piled up 16 hits to beat Big Ten foe Iowa (1-5) 10-6 Friday afternoon on day one of the Mississippi State Tournament at Dudy Noble Field.
Junior Justin Malone (3-0) went six strong innings on the mound for the Panthers, giving up just one earned run and striking out three for the victory.
"This team is on a whole different level right now," said Maxwell. "We've worked really hard to stay on top of the ball and we really feel like there's no deficit that we can't overcome."
After a scoreless first, the Hawkeyes took advantage of two Panther errors in the top of the second inning to jump on top.
With winds gusting over 20 mph, GSU misplayed balls in left and right field to allow Iowa runners on second and third base. The Hawkeyes followed with three straight singles to claim a 3-0 lead. After a ground out, Mike McQuillan singled home Kurt Lee to make it 4-0.
The runs- three unearned, one earned- were the first scored off Malone this season in 15 innings.
"We did not start off with a clean game," head coach Greg Frady said. "We put ourselves in a little bit of a hole early, but Justin pitched another outstanding game and got us back in position to win."
Malone responded by retiring 11 of the next 12 Iowa batters, just as the Panthers' bats were heating up.
"He's one of the toughest competitors I've ever met," added Maxwell. "We went to him and said, 'keep throwing your game, we'll throw some runs up there and come out of this on top' and we did."
After putting one run on the board in the bottom of the second, the Panthers broke through in the fourth inning with six more.
Condotta, Mark Micowski and Maxwell produced three straight RBI singles to tie the game at 4-4 off Iowa starter Ricky Sandquist and reliever Tim Fangman (0-1). Rob Lind put the Panthers on top with a single through the left side, scoring Micowski. Later in the inning, Fleming's blooper to left landed between three Iowa fielders to plate Lind and Maxwell, giving the Panthers a 7-4 lead.
GSU would add to their advantage with an RBI single by Brandon Williams in the sixth and RBIs from Condotta and Maxwell again in the seventh, jumping out 10-4.
Freshman right-hander Sam Agnew-Wieland threw two shutout innings of relief for the Panthers, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Redshirt freshman Aidan McLaughlin finished the game for GSU in the ninth, allowing the final two Hawkeye runs on wild pitches in the process.
After all was said and done, the Panthers earned their second-ever victory over a Big Ten team in as many tries, having knocked off Michigan State in 2009, 2-0.
"It's the way you want to start any series off," Frady said of Friday's victory, the first of four games for GSU this weekend in Starkville. "The best thing about today is we found a way to overcome adversity and move on to game two tomorrow."
Georgia State faces tournament host Mississippi State at noon central Saturday, with a doubleheader Sunday against the Hawkeyes and Bulldogs beginning at 11 a.m. local time.