ATLANTA-Rob Lind and Brandon Williams each collected three hits and drove in two runs to back a strong pitching performance by Will Campbell as Georgia State extended its school-record winning streak to 10 games with a 6-3 victory at Kennesaw State Wednesday at Stillwell Stadium.
Campbell (5-0) earned his CAA-leading fifth victory of the season as the senior right-hander went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on just four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Jake Dyer struck out three over the final 1.2 innings to preserve the win.
The Panthers ran their record to 19-4 on the season, including 3-0 against in-state teams. Kennesaw State fell to 14-10.
Georgia State went to work quickly on offense, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mark Micowski led off the game with a double, then Brett Maxwell reached base on an error, moving Micowski to third. Lind singled to bring home Micowski, putting runners at first and second for Williams, who blasted a double over the center fielder's head. Maxwell scored easily but Lind was caught making a wide turn at third for the first out of the inning.
From there, KSU starter Sean Fream (1-2) settled down, allowing just one more run in the third inning when Lind led off with a double and then scored on a single by Williams.
Andy Chriscaden hit a solo homer in the fourth inning for KSU to make it a 3-1 game, but that was as close as the Owls would get.
GSU padded the lead in the eighth inning with a two-out rally. Micowski got things started with a single to left field, his third hit of the game, and Maxwell followed with a walk. Lind then singled to right field, scoring Micowski from second, to make it 4-1. Then, after Williams walked to load the bases, Ryan Fleming blooped a double to left center that landed between three Owls to score two more Panther runs for a 6-1 lead.
Those runs proved crucial after the Owls answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth off Dyer, but the GSU junior struck out Drew Fowlkes with two runners on base to end the threat.
"We expected a really tough battle here tonight against a fellow city team and that's what we got," Frady said.
The Panthers return home to host defending CAA champion VCU in a three-game conference series, Friday through Sunday at the Field at Panthersville. First pitch for Friday's series opener is 6 p.m.