ATLANTA – Robinson Polanco pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Georgia State baseball team to a 7-1 win over Hofstra in the opener of their Colonial Athletic Association series. Bradley Logan went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and drove in three runs and delivered the game-breaking single in the bottom of the sixth to drive in the Panthers’ first two runs. The win extended the Panthers winning streak to seven games.
Hofstra (14-30, 3-19 CAA) got on the board first. In the fifth, Anthony Sarno led off the frame with a double that fell between three Panthers converging in the outfield. After a sac bunt moved Sarno to third, Nick Panzarella brought in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly to left field that gave the Pride a 1-0 lead.
Georgia State (25-16, 8-10 CAA) answered back quickly and in a big way in the sixth, sending nine batters to the plate and push across five runs against Hofstra starter Rob Kumbatovic (1-6). Nick Hogan walked to open the frame and Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas singled before the duo moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from Chase Childers. Childers reached though, as Kumbatovic made a poor throw.
With the bases loaded, Bradley Logan drove a single up the middle to score Hogan and Rochon-Salvas and give State a 2-1 lead. Marc Mimeault drove in another run with a single to right while Matt Van Horn laid down a sac bunt to move Logan and Mimeault up a base. With one out and runners at second and third, Derek Simmons hit a grounder that the Hofstra shortstop misplayed that brought in Logan and later Mimeault to give the Panthers a 5-1 edge.
“We didn’t get off the blocks very well tonight,” Logan said about his team’s sluggish start. “But when you have a guy like Robinson Polanco on the mound, you know that you’re able to keep working on things and eventually get some runs.”
State added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, as Rochon-Salvas and Childers led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Logan drove in the first run with a single through the right side, and Mimeault brought in the second run with a sacrifice fly to right as the Panthers extended their lead to 7-1.
Panther starter Robinson Polanco (7-3) did not need the insurance runs, as the junior continued cruising through the Pride lineup despite the minor hiccup in the fifth. The lefty finished the outing for his second complete game of the season, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four.
“Robinson pitched fantastic tonight,” said head coach Greg Frady. “He did a great job of commanding the game and kept us in a position to get going offensively. He had three pitches working tonight, and did an excellent job of executing the game plan.”
Logan was the star offensively, as State got its offense going in the sixth and seventh innings. The sophomore went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Mimeault drove in a pair of runs while Childers and Rochon-Salvas both posted a pair of singles.
The teams continue their three-game CAA series tomorrow at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Chase Childers laid down his 18th career sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning to take sole possession of fourth place in school history and break a tie with Sean Fitzgerald (2002-03) ... In the eighth, Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas walked for the 79th time in his career, tying Ryan Sterling (2003-06) for sixth all-time in Panther history ... Atlanta Braves mascot Homer threw out the ceremonial first pitch.