ATLANTA- Will Campbell tossed Georgia State's second complete game shutout in a week as the Panthers (32-13, 12-8 CAA) defeated Hofstra (11-25, 9-14) on Saturday afternoon at the Field at Panthersville, 13-0, clinching the Colonial Athletic Association series.
Rob Lind went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Panthers on offense, falling a triple shy of the cycle as he drove in a career-high six runs and scored three more.
The shutout gives the Panthers a school-record seventh this season, breaking a 31-year-old GSU mark. Saturday's 23rd home win of the year also ties a school single-season record, set in 2008 and equaled in 2010.
Campbell (7-1) moved back into a tie for the CAA wins lead with his seventh victory of the season, as he needed just 85 total pitches- 60 of them strikes- to shut out the Pride. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
"Our defense came out and set the tone in the first inning," said Campbell, a senior from Douglasville. "It's easy to pitch whenever you come out and you have good defense behind you."
Campbell's effort comes on the heels of reigning CAA Pitcher of the Week Justin Malone's first career complete game shutout, six days ago at Northeastern in a 5-0 Panther win.
"These guys have been working so hard all year," said first-year pitching coach Jason Arnold. "I really think the preparation that they've had from day one has led them to this spot. It's the biggest part of the year and they're right on top of their game."
Georgia State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Hofstra starter Rob Kumbatovic (1-7) when Lind brought home Mark Micowski on a sacrifice fly.
The Panthers distanced themselves in the in the fourth inning by scoring five more runs, starting with a single by Condotta that scored Theo Asher from second. Micowski followed with an RBI double to right center to make it 5-0, GSU. Lind added an RBI single through the right side to score Micowski for a 6-0 Panther lead. Brandon Williams' sacrifice fly to center scored Drew Shields, who had walked, and Fleming tripled home Lind for an 8-0 Panther lead.
Lind struck again in the sixth inning with a two-run homer to right center, his seventh of the season, extending the GSU advantage to 10-0, then made it 12-0 in the eighth with an RBI double that scored Daniel Blaustein after Blaustein himself had a pinch-hit RBI double. Williams added the Panthers' final run on a single to center that plated Lind once more.
"Mark Micowski, Rob Lind, Theo Asher, those guys are all absolutely on fire right now at the plate," said head coach Greg Frady. "It's really a privilege to watch these guys hit right now. Pitching coach Jason Arnold deserves a lot of credit for calling another great game by Will Campbell. In general, I couldn't be happier with the overall performance today."
The Panthers look for their second sweep of the Pride in as many seasons on Sunday with a 1 p.m. series finale at the Field at Panthersville.