ATLANTA-Justin Malone pitched seven scoreless innings and Mark Micowski homered as Georgia State won its fifth straight game with a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois Friday at the Field at Panthersville.

Malone (2-0) scattered four hits and walked just one while striking out five as the Panthers (5-0) recorded their third shutout in five games. The junior right-hander from Abingdon, Va., has not allowed a run in 13 innings this season.

"I'm very proud of Justin but I'm not surprised," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "He is such a great competitor and a team player. Western Illinois played us really, really tough, and I'm very happy to get the win."

Malone outdueled Western Illinois (0-4) starter Dustin Hunter, who held the Panthers hitless for 5-1/3 innings. Joey Wood's one-out double in the sixth inning was Georgia State's first hit, plating the first run by Rob Lind, who had walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. 

"Joey Wood is our early-season MVP with his big hits," said Frady. "He made an adjustment in that at-bat by keeping his hands inside, and he hit a laser."

Micowski provided the insurance runs with a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the seventh to extend the Panthers' lead to 3-0.

Reliever Jeremy Gazerro pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Georgia State, and then Ben Marshall retired the Leathernecks in order in the ninth for his second save of the season.

The four-game series continues with a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., and then a 12 noon game Sunday.

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