DeLand, Fla.- Senior Daniel Blaustein scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Georgia State baseball team (6-5) a thrilling 4-3 win Saturday over Penn (0-2) on the second day of the Bright House Invitational at Stetson University's Melching Field.
After Penn tied the game 3-3 in the seventh, both teams had many chances to score but could not push the deciding run across until Blaustein's score.
After reaching on a fielder's choice with one out in the 11th, the GSU senior moved all the way to third base on a failed pickoff attempt. Two batters later, Penn reliever Ronnie Glenn's pitch reached the backstop and Blaustein slid in just under Glenn's tag attempt on a feed from the catcher.
Each of GSU's first two games in DeLand has been decided on a play at the plate in the final inning.
"Right when I saw the ball clear the catcher I just took off," Blaustein said of the winning run. "I didn't see anything, I just dove in and looked up and (the team) was running at me (in celebration) and figured the umpire called me safe."
"What an exciting win because we lost on such a heartbreaking walk-off the day before," head coach Greg Frady said. "One thing's for sure about baseball, if something goes against you, be patient and it will come back to you. We really fought hard and found a way to win."
Senior Justin Malone made his first start of the season, allowing just one run in four innings, striking out five with no walks.
After GSU went ahead 3-1 in the fifth on Williams' first triple of the year, Penn rallied to tie things at three on Austin Bossart's seventh inning double.
Panther reliever Hunter Cash entered the game and shut the Quakers out over 3.2 innings, yielding just two hits to keep the game tied. He faced runners on second and third with one out in the eighth, but retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
GSU put two runners on base in both the ninth and 10th innings, but each time Penn was able to turn an inning-ending double play to maintain the tie.
Jason Boulais (1-0) picked up where Cash left off in the top of the 11th, tossing a scoreless frame to set up the dramatics in the bottom of the inning.
Four of GSU's last five games have been decided by two runs or less.
The Panthers wrap up the Bright House Invitational with a 3 p.m. contest Sunday against host #19 Stetson at Melching Field.