Fairfax, Va.- Senior pitcher Ben Marshall fired his first career nine-inning complete game to lead the Georgia State baseball team to an 8-3 victory Saturday over George Mason at Spuhler Field, evening the teams' Colonial Athletic Association series at one game apiece.
Freshman Kody Adams ripped a career-best four RBIs to lead the offensive attack, as his bases-clearing double in the sixth inning provided Marshall (3-2) with more than enough support.
GSU improved to 5-3 in the CAA and 13-15 overall with the win while Mason fell to 5-6 in league play and 17-11 overall.
Marshall, a right-hander from Loganville, Ga., tossed a seven-inning complete game earlier this year, but Saturday was his longest career outing. He yielded three runs- two earned- on seven hits with four strikeouts.
"Ben was awesome today, and I'm thrilled with the effort of our ball club to come out here and even the series today," GSU head coach Greg Frady said.
"I was throwing all of my off-speed stuff really well for strikes," said Marshall, who threw 122 pitches. "I felt really good coming into the game, the guys played great defense behind me and everything went right today."
GSU scored three times in the first inning off Mason starter Ryan Pfaeffle (2-3), extending a string of seven-straight games in which the Panthers have scored in the first inning. Adams, Jonathan Kolowich and Caden Bailey all had RBIs in the first as GSU went up 3-0.
With the bases loaded in the third, the Panthers added to their lead as Landon Anderson belted a single into left field to score Kolowich and Adams for a 5-0 advantage.
Adams then launched his three-run double in the sixth inning as GSU built an 8-0 lead for Marshall.
The Patriots scored twice in the bottom of the inning, then once more in the seventh, but Marshall allowed just one more hit over the final two frames to seal the victory.
The win was GSU's first true road victory of the season and evened the series ahead of Sunday's 12-noon finale at Spuhler Field.