Senior Charlie Pelt went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs as the Georgia State baseball team won its fifth contest in a row with a 7-3 win over Furman in Greenville, S.C.
Furmn took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Panthers came back with three in the third and four in the fourth for all of their scoring in the contest. Dusty Bennett scored Bradley Logan from third on a grounder, and reached on the second Furman error of the inning by third baseman Bobby Hubbard to tie the score at 1-all. After an infield hit by Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas and a sac bunt by Aeden McQueary, Luke Gordon's groundout to short scored Bennett to put the Panthers ahead 2-1. Pelt followed with a single through the right side to score Rochon-Salvas and give State a 3-1 cushion.
State tacked on four more in the visiting half of the fourth. Chase Childers led off with a double and scored when Michael McCree followed with a triple to right. Bradley Logan's sac fly to center scored McCree to give State a 5-1 advantage. After an infield hit by Bennett and a single by Rochon-Salvas, State added two more unearned runs. Gordon reached on a throwing error by Hubbard to plate Bennett, and Pelt's single to right that followed scored Rochon-Salvas to complete State's scoring.
Furman scored a run in the seventh and a run in the ninth, but they could not overcome the mountain the Panthers had thrown in front of them. Drew Grant earned his first win as a Panther by going four solid innings and giving up just the first-inning run. He allowed three hits and walked four, but struck out three Paladins.
The key moment for the Panthers pitching staff though came in the seventh inning. Furman had loaded the bases with no one out when Joel Reeves entered to relieve Adam Bowling after two innings of work. One run would score for the Paladins on a groundout, but Reeves would follow the groundout with a double play to end the threat. Kevin Dooley pitched the last two innings, allowing a run to cross in the ninth for the final 7-3 margin.
Riding a five-game winning streak, the Panthers will return home for a tough series against Southeast Louisiana. First pitch this Friday is set for 5:00 p.m.