Georgia State baseball opened their home season in style, with junior Luke Gordon going 4-for-4 with five RBIs as the Panthers scored 14 runs in the final three innings en route to a 16-6 victory over Alabama State.
"I'm really happy to get the win today, and to get my first win as Georgia State head coach," said Panthers head coach Gerg Frady. "Even when we were down, the team had a lot of positive energy in the dugout and we did a great job in getting the win tonight."
Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers put two runs on the board. Gordon singled back up the middle to score senior Aeden McQueary and make it 5-3. A ground out by junior Kenny Camp allowed sophomore Matt Van Horn to score to pull the Panthers within a single run.
After ASU tacked on a run in the top of the seventh, the Panthers could do almost no wrong in the bottom half of the frame, scoring nine times. A pair of Hornets errors allowed Michael McCree to score on an infield hit by Chase Childers. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Van Horn walked to tie the score at 6-all. Then came the big blow as Gordon doubled to the gap in left-center, clearing the bases and staking the Panthers to a 9-6 advantage.
Camp followed Gordon with a double off the base of the wall in left to make the score 10-6. Freshman Bradley Logan's single through the right side scored Camp from second to make it an 11-6 margin. McCree's second at-bat of the inning resulted in a double down the line in right to give Georgia State a dozen runs. A baker's dozen would follow as Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas doubled to the gap in right-center to score McCree and put the Panthers up seven.
The Panthers would end the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Logan Sharrett's single to center scored sophomore Nick Pyron to put State up 14-6. A wild pitch made the score 15-6 as Camp scored from third. A balk, and back-to-back walks loaded the bases again for State. Junior Zac Wright finished the game off with a walk as well, scoring Sharrett and giving State the needed 10-run advantage to end the game an inning early.
Joel Reeves earned his first win as a Panther, recording the final out of the top of the seventh via strikeout to be pitcher of record. Junior Bobby Bennett earned the start and gave up five unearned runs in 4.2 innings. Dustin Carder pitched the next two innings, followed by Reeves, then Kevin Dooley to finish the game off.
Georgia State goes to 9-0 all-time against Alabama State. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at The Field. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.