ATLANTA- Junior Brandon Williams drove in three runs as Georgia State (33-13, 13-8 CAA) won its school-record 24th home game of the season with a 6-3 win over Hofstra (11-26, 9-15) on Sunday at the Field at Panthersville to sweep the Colonial Athletic Association series.
The Panthers climbed into a tie for third in the CAA standings with the series win. The league's top four teams qualify for the season-ending tournament in Wilmington, N.C., Memorial Day weekend.
Sunday's victory is the sixth straight win for Georgia State over Hofstra, as the Panthers have swept the Pride each of the past two seasons in Atlanta.
GSU improved to 24-6 at home on the year, passing the former record of 23 home wins by the 2008 and 2010 squads.
"It's such a great accomplishment," head coach Greg Frady said of the record. "It speaks volumes about how hard our boys have played to defend our home field.
Hoftsra tied the game in the fifth off Panther starter Justin Malone with an RBI double from Dylan Nasiatka and an RBI single by Scott A'Hara.
Shields broke the tie in the sixth inning with a single back up the middle to score Condotta, putting GSU on top, 3-2.
Hofstra tied the game once more with an RBI single in the eighth by Matt Reistetter, but the Panthers would respond with the deciding runs in the bottom of the frame.
Georgia State loaded the bases off Hofstra reliever Jeff Guthridge (2-2) with nobody out, then Lind brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Williams added insurance with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Micowski and Shields to give the Panthers a 6-3 lead.
Jake Dyer took the mound in the ninth for the Panthers and picked up his team-high seventh save of the season after inducing a double play with two men aboard to end the game.
Georgia State turned six double plays over the three-game series.
"Our middle infielders were just terrific this weekend," said Frady.
Malone did not factor into the decision, but held Hofstra to just three runs on four hits over 7.1 innings, striking out three and walking two. Junior Nick Squeglia (4-2) faced just two batters in the eighth, but picked up the victory.
Williams, Lind and Shields all finished with three hits in the game as the Panthers belted 49 hits over the series. Condotta added two hits and two runs scored.
"Those boys are the boys who have been doing it," Frady said. "You couldn't have a guy hotter than Rob Lind right now, and I'm so proud of him. Brandon Williams had the clutch hit for us and I thought Bryan Condotta had a wonderful day as well."
The Panthers will return to action with a three-game series at UNC Wilmington, Friday through Sunday at Brooks Field.