William and Mary (20-11, 10-7 CAA) scored two runs in the eighth to tie game two at 3-all, and then Mimeault responded with his game-winning blast with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Chase Childers, who hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and led Georgia State (18-11, 7-7 CAA) with four hits on the day, led off the ninth with a single, and then Bradley Logan bunted for a base hit to put runners at first and second with no outs.
Mimeault, the sophomore from Montreal, Quebec who caught all 16 innings of the doubleheader, failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt, then belted the 2-2 pitch over the right centerfield wall for his second homer of the season.
“I still had that bunt on my mind, so I was just trying to make contact and move the runners over,” said Mimeault. “That’s when homers usually come – when you’re not trying to hit them. Our pitching staff deserved that victory, and I’m just glad I was able to give it to them. It was a great team victory.”
State starter Will Palmer did not figure in the decision but tossed 7-1/3 strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. David Ferrer earned the win in relief to improve to 2-0. William and Mary starter Tim Norton allowed three runs before leaving in the fourth inning with an injury. Pat Kantakevich, who saved game one, took the loss in the nightcap to even his record at 1-1.
With the Panthers ahead 3-1, Ben Guez led off the top of the eighth inning for William and Mary with a double and moved to third on a groundout. After Ferrer relieved Palmer, Tim Park singled home one run and then came around to score the tying run on a single by designated hitter Paul Juliano. Park hit his seventh homer of the season in the fourth for the Tribe’s first run.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas’ double into the rightfield corner plated two runs. Childers led off the bottom of the inning with his third round-tripper of the season, belting a 2-2 pitch over the right field fence to extend State’s lead to 3-1.
In game one, William and Mary starter Pete Vernon allowed two runs on just four hits in six innings of work, and Park and Greg Maliniak delivered run scoring singles in the first inning to lead the Tribe, who scored what proved to be the winning run in the 3-2 victory on an error by third baseman Daniel Merck in the third inning.
State, which left 10 men on base in the game, threatened in the fifth inning, leaving two on base, and again in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded. Nick Hogan walked to lead off the seventh, but Rochon-Salvas lined sharply to the shortstop and Hogan was doubled off first. State then loaded the bases on three straight walks off Kantakevich, but Childers flied out to end the game.
The Panthers wasted a quality start by Robinson Polanco, who pitched 6-1/3 innings of the seven-inning game and allowed only two earned runs while scattering eight hits.
“That was two tough baseball games,” said Georgia State head coach Greg Frady. “I was happy to win the second game. We could have easily won both, but could have easily lost both.
“Will Palmer was the difference in game two. We were having a rough day offensively, but Will hung in there and gave us a chance to win. Our pitching was fantastic in both games against a team that was leading the league in hitting.”