PANTHERSVILLE, Ga.--Freshman Bradley Logan went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs but it was not enough as the Georgia State baseball team fell 13-8 to UNC Wilmington today at The Field.
"I'm very satisfied with our offensive production," said Panthers head coach Greg Frady. "But walks and hit batsmen from our pitching just doesn't give us a good recipe for winning."
State fell behind 4-0 in the first inning as UNCW roughed up Panthers starter Robert Hasenfelt (0-1) for four runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of work. The Panthers would respond with a run in the first on senior Charlie Pelt's 200th career hit - an RBI single to center. Panthers reliever Andy Reid gave up a pair of runs in the second, but again State would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning, this time on a double off the top of the wall in right by Matt Van Horn, scoring Nick Pyron from second.
The Seahawks chased Reid in the third, as the freshman ended up being charged with three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings of action. Trailing 7-2, the Panthers scored a single run in the third on Logan's first homer of the day, a blast over the wall in left. Both teams went quietly in the fourth, but UNCW scored a single run in the fifth off reliever Dustin Carder to make the score 8-3. Carder went the longest of any Panther in the game, pitching 2.2 innings.
State plated two more in the fifth, this time on a two-run homer to left-center by Logan to make the score 8-5. That would be as close as the Panthers got, as Wilmington scored one in the seventh, two in the eighth, and two in the ninth to close the door. State scored a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Aeden McQueary, then scored a pair in the ninth as Pelt and Logan each had RBI singles.
Panthers pitchers walked 10 batters during the afternoon and also had two wild pitches, a hit batsman, a pair of walks, and a passed ball. Joel Reeves, David Ferrer, Brandon McCreery, and Logan (in his first collegiate pitching appearance) were the remaining Panthers hurlers.
The Panthers had 12 hits on the contest, while UNCW had 13. State struggled defensively today as well, committing four errors.
Jeff Hatcher improved to 3-1 with the win for the Seahawks. Hatcher went six innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out five.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at The Field in the rubber game of the three-game set. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.