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Tyler McClure earned the win in relief.

Panthers Score Late for 7-6 Win at Savannah State

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Savannah, Ga. -- Chad Prain's two-out, two-run single drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and relievers Tyler McClure and Kevin Burgee got the final six outs as Georgia State got by Savannah State 7-6 Tuesday at Tiger Field.

Georgia State (3-1) trailed 6-5 in the eighth inning with a runner at first and two outs. Freshman Ryan Blanton blooped a single to center field and then Joey Roach singled up the middle to load the bases. Prain then laced a single to left center, scoring two runs to put the Panthers ahead.

McClure (1-0) retired the Tigers (0-3) in order in the eighth to earn his first victory, and then Burgee shut the door with a scoreless ninth inning. The two GSU relievers struck out three of the final six hitters.

"The best thing that can be said tonight is that we won," Georgia State head coach Greg Frady said. "We just kind of grinded it out. When you have an older team, they learn how to win and know what they need to do to win.

"There wasn't very much pretty about this game except that we had a lot of clutch hits and guys hung in there until the end. Tyler McClure bounced back from the weekend and pitched very well, and then Kevin Burgee came in and shut the door."

In each of Georgia State's three wins this season -- over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Illinois and Savannah State -- the Panthers have trailed in the seventh inning or later.

Georgia State took a 3-1 lead in the third inning on a balk, an RBI-double by Nic Wilson and a run-scoring single by Chase Raffield.

The Panthers added a run in the fourth on a two-out, RBI-single by freshman Zach Moon, but Savannah State picked up a run in the bottom of the inning and then tied the game in the fifth on run-scoring singles by Charles Sikes and David Richards.

After the Tigers took a 5-4 lead on an unearned run in the sixth, Georgia State answered in the seventh, tying the game as Prain walked, moved to second on a single by Caden Bailey and scored on Matt's Rose's double.

But Savannah State pushed across another run in the bottom of the seventh on Lee Moore's single up the middle that scored Richards and put the Tigers ahead 6-5.

Georgia State starter Kenny Anderson pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five hits but did not figure in the decision.

Eric Ricks (0-1) took the loss for Savannah State.

Georgia State travels to Ole Miss for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday in Oxford, Miss.

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