ATLANTA- Carter Sackett drove in all five Georgia State runs and nine Panther pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as GSU (30-13) defeated Oglethorpe (18-21) Tuesday night at the Field at Panthersville, 5-0.
The Panthers improved to 5-1 this season against in-state opponents and became the fastest team in school history to reach 30 wins in a season.
The shutout is GSU's sixth of the season, tying a 31-year-old school record. The Panther pitching staff has now thrown 18.2 straight scoreless innings, dating back to Friday's second game at Northeastern.
"What a great day it was," head coach Greg Frady said after Tuesday's win. "Nine pitchers went out there and every single one of them pitched outstanding, they really did."
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage off Stormy Petrels starter Mark Hoban (3-4) when Sackett singled home Mark Micowski and Drew Shields in the first inning, building a lead for starter Zach Chastain (1-0).
Sackett added to the Panther lead in the third inning when he drilled a home run over the wall in left, a three-run shot that made it 5-0.
The five RBIs were a single-game career high for the Savage, Minn., senior.
"It feels really good to get back on track," Sackett said. "In the second at bat, (Hoban) threw me a fastball down and in, I was ready for it and I turned on it."
Sackett's third-inning homer was his third of the season, and more than enough cushion for the Panther pitching staff.
Eight relievers followed Chastain with one inning of work apiece, piling up nine strikeouts while holding the Petrels scoreless. Jake Dyer closed the game in the ninth inning to give the Panthers their second win over Oglethorpe in as many tries under head coach Greg Frady.
"I really like where the team is headed," Frady said. "The focus was there today and it was a great day for Georgia State baseball."
GSU played 25 players on its roster in this game.
The Panthers return to Colonial Athletic Association play by hosting a three-game series this Friday through Sunday against Hofstra. First pitch in Friday's game one is slated for 6 p.m. at the Field at Panthersville.