Brookline, Mass.- Georgia State junior Justin Malone threw his first career complete game shutout to lead the Panthers (29-13, 10-8 CAA) to a 5-0 win on Sunday over Northeastern (12-24, 7-11) at Friedman Diamond and clinch the Colonial Athletic Association series.
The Panther offense pushed four runs across in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie, led by Brett Maxwell's two-run single, then added one more run in the ninth.
Malone (6-0) allowed only four Huskies hits over nine innings, striking out five and surrendering just one walk.
"I felt good from the beginning," said Malone. "Anytime you can throw it in the strike zone and your guys are making the plays behind you, you can't help but have electric stuff."
After allowing singles to the first two batters of the game, Malone retired 27 of the next 33 batters he faced to earn the win in his team-leading 10th start of the season. Two Huskies reached on errors and one was hit by a pitch.
"That was really a magnificent performance," head coach Greg Frady said of Malone's outing. "What a great competitor he is. I think the team is really relying on him because Sunday is such a big day."
The two teams went scoreless through the first six innings, as Malone battled Huskies hurler Brandon McNelis (2-4), pitch for pitch.
The Panthers broke the scoreless tie in the seventh, started by Brandon Williams' leadoff double into left field. After Ryan Fleming popped out, Drew Shields singled into right field to score Williams from second base. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Mark Micowski was hit by reliever Kevin Ferguson to score Shields. Maxwell followed with a single to right field, scoring Carter Sackett and Bryan Condotta to make it 4-0.
GSU added another run in the ninth on Maxwell's RBI groundout, scoring Condotta for a 5-0 Panther advantage.
Malone returned to finish the game in the ninth, giving the Panthers their second road CAA series victory this season in three attempts.
"I'm happy to win the series, I really am," added Frady. "When everyone is giving up a lot and sacrificing away from home, you want to get the best possible result."
Williams led Georgia State with two of the team's six hits Sunday, while Maxwell went 1-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
The school's all-time saves leader, Malone is now undefeated through the first 10 starts of his Panther career, all coming this season.
"As he's transformed from a closer to a starter, he has been getting stronger through the course of the season, and I think today we saw his progression," said Frady.
Malone's sixth victory moves him into a tie with teammate Will Campbell (6-1) atop the conference.
The Panthers return to action on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. contest against Oglethorpe University at the Field at Panthersville.