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Mayo's Walk-Off Blast Lifts GSU to 7-6 Win over Xavier in 10

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ATLANTA -- Chad Prain tied the game with a pinch-hit, run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning and David Mayo led off the 10th with a walk-off home run to give Georgia State a 7-6 victory over Xavier Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Georgia State (7-8) snapped a three-game slide, while Xavier won the series but fell to 7-5.

The Panthers entered the ninth inning down 6-5. Nic Wilson led off the inning and just missed a game-tying home run, settling for a double off the wall in right field off Xavier closer Daniel Przeniczny (0-2). Chase Raffield singled just past the second baseman to put runners at first and third with no outs. Chris Triplett struck out, but Raffield managed to steal second, prompting an intentional walk to Joey Roach to load the bases.

Prain came on to pinch hit and laced the first pitch into right field to score pinch runner Trae Sweeting with the tying run. But Przeniczny got Ryan Blanton to bounce into a double play to force extra innings.

After a scoreless top of the 10th by three GSU pitchers, the freshman Mayo blasted Przeniczny's 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for his first career homer.

"The fact that we lost first two games was reallly painful, but fighting back on Sunday says a lot about the team. Winning feels great today. David Mayo hit the walkoff home run but many things happened prior to that to help us be in position to win, including a huge pinch-hit RBI by Chad Prain.

"The only thing that matters is today's game, and we hung in there and walked off a winner today."

Georgia State earned its second walk-off win of the season. In six of their seven victories this season, the Panthers have trailed in the seventh inning or later.

Kevin Burgee (1-0), who struck out Patrick Jones to end the top of the 10th, earned his first victory. GSU starter Garrett Ford pitched 5.2 innings and allowed six runs but only two earned. He struck out three and walked none. The GSU staff walked only one on the day.

Wilson, the senior first baseman, went 4-for-5 on the day, including his third homer of the season with a solo blast in the fifth inning that tied the game at 4-4. Caden Bailey added three hits for the Panthers.

"Right now Nic is our hottest guy, and I'm really proud of him," Frady said. "He's worked very hard, and he's having a fantastic year. He deserves all the credit for the year that he's having and the work that he's put in."

But Xavier scored two unearned runs in the top of the 6th to regain the lead at 6-4.

GSU inched closed with an unearned run in the seventh as Raffield scored from second base on failed pickoff throw that bounced into right field.

Georgia State took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Mayo reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice and then to third on Matt Rose's single before Wilson drove him in with a single to center field. Raffield followed with an RBI-single to bring home Rose for a 2-0 lead.

Xavier tied the game with a two-run single by Andre Jernigan in the top of the second. GSU answered with Bailey's RBI-single in the bottom of the second, but Xavier regained the lead in the third with a run-scoring by Derek Hasenbeck and a sacrifice fly by Patrick Jones to move ahead 4-3.

"Baseball is a game of momentum, and we needed to win today so badly," Frady said. "I think today is going to re-energize our team and help us get back on our game."

Georgia State continues its homestand by hosting a pair of midweek games with Siena, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.

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