Auburn, Ala. - Auburn scored in every inning but the second and used 24 hits to defeat the Georgia State baseball team 22-7 on Tuesday night at Plainsman Park. Sophomore Brandon Williams provided a bright spot for the Panthers, going 4-for-4 at the plate, while senior Bradley Logan scored three runs.
Georgia State stranded 10 runners and were charged with five errors in dropping their fifth straight contest. The Panthers fell to 14-15 on the season, while Auburn improved to 19-10 with the win, taking their ninth straight in the series.
Freshman Michael Moch (1-2) made his first collegiate start for State and settled down after allowing a run in the first.
The Panthers rebounded with one in the top of the second as Logan led off the inning with a walk. Williams and senior Carl Moniz followed with a pair of singles to tie the game at one.
After holding Auburn scoreless in the bottom of the second, a pair of home runs gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead after three innings.
Georgia State responded with one in the top of the fourth on Jonathan Kolowich's sacrifice fly, scoring Williams to cut the deficit to two. However, leaving five runners on base over the first four innings proved costly.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Moch was relieved by junior Will Campbell, the first of six relief pitchers for the Panthers. Moch went 3.1 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, four of which were earned, while striking out three.
The Panthers closed the gap with two runs in the top of the fifth, cutting Auburn's lead to 5-4. Williams singled home Logan to chase Auburn starter Dexter Price from the game. Junior Shane Hammond followed with a walk to score junior Ryan Fleming from third.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as State would get as Auburn followed by scoring three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, along with five in the seventh and sixth in the eighth.
Auburn starter Dexter Price went 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, three of which were earned, while walking four. Price had only walked three batters all season entering the game.
Sean Ray (1-1) earned the win for the Tigers, pitching 2.1 innings of relief, giving up two hits and one run.
Williams finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. He is batting .571 (12-for-21) with seven runs scored and four home runs in his last four games, while driving in 13 runs.
Logan collected three total bases with his single and double, raising his career total to 414, just one shy of Josh Vandiver's all-time school record of 415. His double gave him 54 for his career, just three shy of the school's all-time mark.
Moniz added a ninth inning two-run home run for the Panthers, his fourth of the season and second in the last four games.
Hunter Morris and Dan Gamache led the Tigers with three hits each, while Creede Simpson scored three runs on three walks.
The Panthers will return home this weekend to face Hofstra, beginning on Friday night at 6 p.m. The game will air live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Panther Sports Talk. Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. as well on Saturday night, with the series finale coming on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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