The Georgia State baseball returned home on Wednesday night and fell to No. 10 Georgia Tech 18-2. The two teams split the regular season series, each team winning on the opposing team's home field.

                        

Georgia State, ranked No. 24 in the latest SEBaseball.com mid-major poll, fell to 23-13 on the season, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 23-8-1.

 

Georgia Tech collected 20 hits on the evening, while their pitching staff struck out 15 Panther batters.

 

Both starting pitching pitchers quickly got through the first inning, each allowing just one hit. Senior John Locklear (4-4) allowed a lead-off hit to Jeff Rowland, while Kevin Jacob (5-2) allowed a single to senior Derek Simmons.

 

In the second, Georgia Tech tagged State for 11 runs, as the first 12 runners reached base.

 

Locklear faced the first six batters of the inning before being relieved by sophomore Will Campbell. He finished the game allowing three hits, six runs and walking three.

 

Campbell followed by allowing four hits and five runs without recording an out as Tech batted around.

 

Sophomore Theo Asher relieved Campbell and gave State 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just two runs and striking out five. It was the longest relief appearance of Asher’s career.

 

The Panthers tacked on runs in the second and third. Senior Matt Van Horn went 2-for-4 at the plate, while senior Nick Hogan and junior Carl Moniz each scored a pair of runs.

 

Sophomore Zach Chastain and freshman Justin Malone each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for State.

 

Jacob pitched 5.0 innings for the Yellow Jackets, scattering five hits and allowing the Panthers only two runs, while striking out eight for the win

 

Jacob Esch, Taylor Wood and Mark Pope pitched the final four innings four the Yellow Jackets, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

 

The Panthers will return to CAA play on Saturday as they travel to Boston for a doubleheader with Northeastern. State has won all three CAA series this season and stand in second place heading into the weekend. Live stats will be provided via GeorgiaStateSports.com.