ATLANTA – The Georgia State baseball team enters its midweek contest against instate rival Georgia on a four-game losing streak, but the Panthers are poised to upset the No. 7 Bulldogs after playing four of their toughest games in a row last week. The Panthers and Bulldogs square off Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Foley Field in Athens. The game will be broadcast on the flagship station of Georgia State Athletics, WRAS (88.5-FM), with Dave Cohen calling the play-by-play.
Georgia State (18-15) is coming off a rough week, dropping a road contest against Auburn and falling in three one-run games against CAA leader UNC Wilmington over the weekend. The Panthers batted .291 last week and averaged 10.75 hits and 7.0 runs per game.
Dusty Bennett started all four games, and his bat paid dividends. He went 7-for-16 (.438) with a double, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Marc Mimeault provided the power last week with a .611 slugging percentage coming from a double and homer. He went 7-for-18 (.389), scored four runs and drove in eight. Nick Hogan was the only other Panther to hit above .300, going 6-for-19 (.316) with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas is also one hit away from becoming the career leader in hits in Georgia State history. He tied Charlie Pelt’s mark set last season with a fifth-inning single Sunday, April 13, against UNC Wilmington.
The Bulldogs (23-12) come into the week on a three-game winning streak after sweeping SEC rival Kentucky, and have won 10 of their last 12 games. Georgia is batting .295 as a team, which ranks 9th in the SEC, but bring a lot of power to the plate with a .470 slugging percentage (4th in SEC). The Bulldogs average 6.97 runs and 10.4 hits per game.
Gordon Beckham leads the Bulldogs in batting (.432), homers (16), slugging (.871), RBIs (39) and stolen bases (10). Rich Poythress is second on the club in batting (.385), home runs (8) and RBIs (34) while Ryan Peisel leads the team with 15 doubles.
Mound Matchup: RHP Kenny Camp (2-1, 4.58 ERA, 37.1 IP) makes his second straight start against a Southeastern Conference team after starting against Auburn last Tuesday. The redshirt senior went 2.1 innings, giving up four runs on four hits and struck out two. Camp’s best outing was a complete-game effort against IPFW when he gave up two runs on two hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
The Bulldogs are sending RHP Justin Grimm (0-1, 7.31 ERA, 16.0 IP) to the mound. In his last outing, the freshman gave up five runs on six hits in three innings to take the loss to Winthrop. Grimm’s longest start of the season was a four inning effort against No. 3 Florida State when he gave up one run on four walks and struck out one.
About the Series: Georgia holds a 34-6 lead in the all-time series, including a 19-3 advantage at Foley Field. The Bulldogs have an eight-game winning streak in the series with the last Panther victory coming in a 5-3 decision at Foley Field on March 27, 2001.