Las Cruces, N.M. - The Georgia State baseball team got grand slams from seniors Carl Moniz and Bradley Logan, as well as redshirt-sophomore Joey Wood, and needed each one of them to outlast New Mexico State, 30-24 and take the series at Presley Askew Field on Sunday afternoon. The three slams tied an NCAA record, while the four hit by the two teams combined also tied an NCAA record.
The Panthers collected a school-record 30 hits, surpassing the 29 the team had against North Carolina Central just over a week ago. Georgia State finished the game with six home runs, while junior Mark Micowski tied his own school-record with eight at bats.
"I am so proud of our team's effort today," commented head coach Greg Frady. "Our team never gave up, even when we were down by eight runs, but continued to fight against a very good New Mexico State team. This was a great series for our team and shows the character of our players."
Georgia State improved to 8-7 on the season and has won eight of its last nine games. New Mexico State fell to 11-9 on the season.
After scoring in the top of the first, Georgia State gave up three runs in both the first and second innings.
Led by Moniz' third inning grand slam, Georgia State scored seven to regain the lead. The Laval, Quebec native finished the game 4-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBIs. He is now batting .458 on the season.
The Aggies got all of it back and more with an eight-run fourth, as New Mexico State finished the game with six home runs of their own.
Georgia State matched the Aggies with eight runs in the top of the fifth.
Hammond, who pinch-hit for sophomore Chris Metcalf, went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Kolowich continued to break out of an early season slump by going 2-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
Logan belted a grand slam in the top of the seventh, his sixth home run of the season. The senior went 5-for-7 with three runs scored and six RBIs. He has now hit 11 home runs in the last 21 games dating back to last season.
Wood's grand slam in the top of the eighth was the first of two home runs for the Columbus, Ga. native. It was part of a seven-run eighth. He followed with a two-run shot in the top of the ninth, giving the Panthers 30 runs in a game for the third time already this season.
Wood went 5-for-7 at the plate with six runs scored and six RBIs. He batted .640 (16-for-25) on the week with 12 runs scored.
Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Ryan Moore went 1.2 innings for Georgia State, allowing five hits and six runs, walking three.
Justin Cooper went 3.0 innings for New Mexico State, allowing 10 hits, eight runs and walking five.
Freshman Michael Moch (1-0) earned his first career win, pitching 3.0 innings and holding the Aggies to just four runs on four hits.
Scott Coffman (2-2) took the loss for the Aggies, allowing seven runs, four of which were earned and five hits in just two-thirds of an inning.
Sophomore Justin Malone's record scoreless inning streak came to an end at 21.0 innings. After pitching a scoreless eighth, Malone gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth as the wind continued to swirl.
Ryan Aguayo finished the game 6-for-8 at the plate with six runs scored and seven RBIs for the Aggies. Teammate Benjamin Harty went 3-for-7 with a run scored an eight RBIs.
The Panthers will return to action on Wednesday at Kennesaw State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Radio coverage on WRAS-FM 88.5 will begin with Panther Sports Talk at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the next home game on March 23rd against Alabama State can be purchased by visiting the box office, by calling 1-866-GA-STATE or visiting any Ticketmaster location.
Notes: Senior Bradley Logan moved to the top of the list of a pair of career records over the weekend. With his 11 RBIs against the Aggies, he now holds the school record with 174, surpassing Josh Vandiver (1999-2002) who had 173. With two sacrifice flies over the weekend, Logan now has 13 for his career, also a school record which was held by four others with 12.