UPDATE: With rain in the Boston area on Saturday, Georgia State and Northeastern will play their CAA series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Friedman Diamond.
Brookline, Mass.- New England native Mark Micowski drove in three runs as Georgia State (28-13, 9-8 CAA) rallied past Northeastern (12-23, 7-10 CAA) with a 7-3 win in Friday's game one at Friedman Diamond, while the Huskies pushed past GSU for a 3-2 win in game two of the Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader.
"I thought our guys came out with such a hard-fought, renewed energy and focus," said head coach Greg Frady. "There was never any give-up, all the way to the end of the day."
Game One- Georgia State 7, Northeastern 3
Micowski gave the Panthers insurance with a three-run triple in the ninth inning to give reliever Aidan Francis (5-2) and GSU an important series-opening CAA win.
Host Northeastern jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first six innings of play as starter Les Williams (3-5) retired the first 13 batters he faced. GSU got its first run in the seventh inning on Theo Asher's double that scored Williams, who had singled.
With Lind's efforts in the eighth and Micowski's in the ninth, GSU built a 7-3 advantage. Jeremy Gazerro and Jake Dyer preserved the win for the Panthers by shutting out the Huskies over the last two frames.
Panther starter Will Campbell did not factor into the decision, but went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out one.
The Georgia State pitching staff did not surrender a single walk for the first time since an opening day win over Texas Southern.
Game Two- Northeastern 3, Georgia State 2
Panther senior Charley Olson allowed just two runs, neither earned, over seven innings of work, but Northeastern scored on a passed ball in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and take the second game of Friday's twin bill.
It was the fourth consecutive start in which Olson threw at least seven innings, allowing only five NU hits while striking out two and walking two. He did not factor into the decision.
Down 2-0 after six innings, the Panthers produced once again with late-inning scores. Williams led off the seventh inning with a single off Huskies starter Andrew Leenhouts (3-4), moving to second three batters later on a base hit by Lind. Williams came around to score when Carter Sackett reached on an infield error by the NU defense.
With the score 2-1 in the eighth, Micowski led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Brett Maxwell walked, Drew Shields moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. The Huskies then loaded the bases by intentionally walking Williams. After a strikeout by Ryan Fleming, Daniel Blaustein drew a four-pitch walk to tie the game, 2-2.
With GSU's Wes Grant (0-1) relieving Olson in the bottom of the eighth, the Huskies put the go-ahead run at third on a double by Matt Miller, advancing a batter later on a wild pitch. When Jeff Dunlap struck out swinging on a pitch outside the zone, the ball made it to the backstop past the catcher Sackett, allowing Miller to score from third.
Chris Carmain held the 3-2 lead for Northeastern with a hitless ninth inning, giving the Huskies the game two win.
Micowski, a native of Haddam, Conn., finished the day 4-for-9 with a triple, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Williams added three hits over the two games for GSU.
"At the end of the day, we split," said Frady. "We put ourselves in position to come back out, weather permitting, and play a good game to win the series."
The teams played a doubleheader Friday due to inclement weather expected in the Boston area on Saturday. Sunday's series finale is slated for 1 p.m. at Friedman Diamond.