The Georgia State baseball team continued their hot play at the plate, scoring 14 runs in a 14-10 win over Savannah State on Tuesday evening. The Panthers have now scored 71 runs over their last six games.
The Panthers improved to 12-5, while Savannah State dropped to 7-11. Georgia State has now won five of their last six as they prepare for #3 Georgia on Wednesday night to close out a five-game home stand.
“I am really happy to win the game tonight,” commented head coach Greg Frady. “However, there are definitely some things that we need to work on within our team. Over the last few games, we have played to a much slower pace than we are accustomed to and have not adjusted well. I am disappointed in the way we played defense tonight, but at the same point, there were some bright spots, including the pitching of David Ferrer that helped get us the win.”
After it took four Panther pitchers to get through the first seven innings, Ferrer came in and closed the door on the Tigers over the final two.
Ferrer relieve freshman Nick Squeglia (1-0) who picked up his first collegiate win. The senior pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits and striking out a career-high four Tiger hitters.
“When I came in, I knew that I just had to stop their momentum,” commented Ferrer. “Personally, it felt good to know that Coach Frady had the confidence in me to put me in a position like that and I know that I can help get the job done as the season moves on.”
The Panthers came out of the gates hot, scoring six runs in the first inning of Tiger starter Jarrel Arnold. Arnold would calm down after the first and last 4.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and seven runs, but would not factor in the decision.
The Tigers would crawl back with a pair of runs in the second and third innings, before another run in the fourth would cut the deficit to one.
Panther starter Ben Marshall earned his second straight no decision after allowing seven hits and four runs over 2.2 innings.
After Georgia State got one on the board in the bottom of the fifth, Savannah State would tie the game at seven in the top of the sixth before the Panther bats got things going again.
Georgia State would hit around for the second time in the game and score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 14-7 lead. Moniz had a pair of singles in the inning and scored one of his two runs.
The Tigers would get two more runs back in the top of the seventh and one in the eighth off Zach Chastain before Ferrer closed the door.
Every Panther starter reached base at least one time as Georgia State also drew seven walks in a game that last over three-and-a-half hours.
Junior Bradley Logan got things going at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as well for State on offense.
The two teams finished the game with a combined 16 steals. Redshirt-freshman Joey Wood led the Panthers with three, while Dexter Kelley had four for Savannah State.
Georgia State will conclude its five-game home stand on Wednesday as the #3 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Atlanta. It will mark the Bulldogs first appearance at The Field since 2004. The game will air live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning at 5:30 with Panther Sports Talk. Live stats will be available via GeorgiaStateSports.com.