ATLANTA-Freshman Sam Agnew-Wieland struck out 11 batters in his second career start to power Georgia State (26-9) to a 6-1 victory over Alabama State (11-17) on Wednesday at the Field at Panthersville.
Agnew-Wieland (2-0) allowed only one hit in six shutout innings of work and walked just one Hornet batter. The eleven strikeouts are a career high for the Marietta, Ga. native and the most by any Panther pitcher this season.
"I was really confident with my stuff," Agnew-Wieland said. "There's nobody better than (Jason Arnold) as a pitching coach. He's really taught me a lot. I felt like I had the physical capability coming in here, but he's really given me the mindset to go out there."
Six Panther relievers combined with Agnew-Wieland to record 16 strikeouts in the game and hold Alabama State to just three total hits, both season bests for GSU.
Georgia State improved to 19-3 at the Field at Panthersville this season, 15-1 against non-conference opponents.
"The story of the game was totally about our pitching and our defense today," said head coach Greg Frady.
Micowski bunted home Shane Hammond with an infield single in the bottom of the fifth to make it 2-0.
The Panthers then added to their lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Rob Lind led off with a single to right field and Brandon Williams followed with a double through the left side. Ryan Fleming then brought in Lind from third and advanced Williams with a sacrifice fly, and Carter Sackett made it 4-0 with an RBI groundout to short that scored Williams.
An error in right field by the Hornets in the seventh inning allowed the Panthers to plate two more runs on a fly ball off the bat of Daniel Blaustein.
Alabama State pushed their only run of the game across in the eighth inning when Adrian Snell drove home Darrion Pedro with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1, the eventual final score.
Jeremy Gazerro, Zach Chastain, Brandon Bast, Tyler Claburn, Wes Grant and Ben Marshall combined to pitch the last three innings for GSU, allowing just the one run on two hits to give Agnew-Wieland and the Panthers the win.
Micowski, Lind, Williams, Asher, Hammond and Bryan Condotta each had one hit apiece for GSU.
"We were not that (strong) offensively, but we did enough to win," said Frady. "At the end of the day, we took care of business, we won the game and we move along."
Georgia State returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend by hosting Old Dominion (17-17, 9-6 CAA) for a three game series, Friday through Sunday. First pitch Friday is slated for 6 p.m. at the Field at Panthersville.