ATLANTA-Daniel Blaustein and Carter Sackett drove in two runs each as Georgia State defeated UNC Asheville, 7-1, Tuesday at the Field at Panthersville.

The Panthers pushed across six runs in the first two innings and cruised to the victory, improving to 10-4 on the season. UNC Asheville fell to 4-7.

Aidan Francis tossed three shutout innings in a "staff" game to earn his second win of the season, allowing no hits and striking out three. Earlier in the day, the senior lefty was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Pitcher of the Week for his victory at No. 23 Georgia Tech last week.

Six other Panther pitchers saw action and combined to limit the Bulldogs to just five hits and one run, aided by three double plays by the GSU defense.

"We needed this win," head coach Greg Frady said of Tuesday's victory, which halted a three-game skid. "We were able to make the key pitches and get some key outs defensively. It was a very solid effort."

Tuesday was memorable for infielder Brandon Williams in more way than one. Williams was named the CAA's Player of the Week earlier in the day, which also happened to be his birthday. The junior celebrated by going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

"Coach Frady talks about coming out and setting the tone, and I think we did that tonight," said Williams. "We've had great pitching and defense and tonight we brought our bats."

Williams is now 11-23 (.478) at the plate in his last six games.

The two teams are scheduled to play again Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Panthersville, and then Georgia State opens CAA play this weekend by hosting Towson Friday through Sunday.