ATLANTA – The Georgia State baseball team closed the home portion of its schedule with a 10-4 and 7-1 doubleheader sweep of Presbyterian. Bradley Logan went 7-for-8 with two homers, a double and five RBIs to lead the Panther offense. Adam Knight went 6.1 innings to earn the win in game one while Joel Reeves pitched five scoreless innings to get the win in the second game.
The teams traded runs to open the first game of the doubleheader. With the game tied at 1-1, Georgia State (29-20) broke out in the third, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs. Theo Asher led off the frame with a single and scored the tie-breaking run on a wild pitch from PC starter Jesse Harmon (1-7).
Bradley Logan delivered the big hit with an inside-the-park home run to left center. PC left fielder Casey Carlson nearly came up with the catch for the third out, but collided with the wall as Logan raced around the bases. With runners on second and third, Mike McCree dropped a single into right field that brought in two more and gave the Panthers a 6-1 lead.
Panther starter Adam Knight (4-3) used the five-run lead to his advantage before getting into a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with one out. Knight finished the day with five strikeouts and gave up two earned runs while scattering seven hits.
Zach Chastain relieved Knight in the seventh, but Presbyterian (12-34) pushed across two runs in the seventh as State made two costly errors. Chastain gave up one hit that allowed a run to score, but an error on a groundball allowed another run to cross. The freshman settled down and pitched the final 2.2 innings, striking out two.
In the eighth, Logan belted a double to the gap and finished the day 5-for-5. Logan tied the school record for hits in a game, which has been accomplished six times prior to today. The last Panther to collect five hits in a game was Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas, who went 5-for-5 against George Mason on March 14, 2008.
Logan’s double brought in the game’s final run, as the Panthers secured a 10-4 victory.
In game two, the Panthers put up the first run in the third with some two-out thunder. Daniel Merck singled and scored on McCree’s double down the right field line. The State offense busted out in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits and took advantage of a PC error.
Three straight singles from Logan, Derek Simmons and Marc Mimeault loaded the bases. With no outs, Dusty Bennett dropped a single into right field to bring in Logan. After a double play brought in another run, a fielding error by the PC second baseman brought home another run and gave State a 4-0 lead.
Starter Joel Reeves (2-1) did not need any more run support, throwing five scoreless innings and striking out three while giving up two hits before giving way to Kenny Camp to start the sixth. Camp gave up one run in the sixth, but recorded two strikeouts.
The Panther offense exploded in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs off Blue Hose starter Eric Tatum (2-5). With the bases loaded and nobody out, Bennett singled to right center to bring in a pair of insurance runs and put State up 6-1. Pinch hitter Matt Farrell brought in the final run of the day with an infield single, putting State ahead 7-1.
Will Campbell pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game, and give the Panthers the sweep.
“Adam Knight and Joel Reeves gave us two fantastic starts,” said head coach Greg Frady. “Joel Reeves pitched the best that I’ve ever seen. He was in control with all his pitches and played solid baseball.”
Frady was also pleased his with team’s continued offensive production. “It was a tremendous day for Bradley Logan. He played fantastic, and has really developed into a team leader. The team feeds off his energy.”
Logan finished the day 7-for-8 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs. Simmons went a combined 5-for-7 with four runs scored. In the second game, Bennett went 2-for-3 with three RBIs on a pair of bases-loaded singles.
“It was mainly about the seniors today,” said Logan, a sophomore. “We wanted to send them out with a couple of wins. Dusty [Bennett] had two huge bases-loaded hits and Joel Reeves was just nasty today.”
Georgia State, currently in eighth place and half game behind sixth-place Towson, returns to action this weekend with a key Colonial Athletic Association series on the road against fifth-place Old Dominion starting on Friday, May 9.
NOTES: Georgia State finishes its home schedule with a 23-11 record ... Bradley Logan’s double in game one was his 20th of the season, which puts him into a four-way tie for fourth place on State’s single-season list ... Logan extended his hitting streak to 15 games ... In the sixth inning of game one, Nick Hogan was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season, which put him in sole possession of second place on State’s single-season charts ... Hogan also moved into a three-way tie for ninth place in Panther history.