A wild affair started with the Tribe scoring three runs (one earned) in the second to open the early lead. The Panthers came right back with a response in the third, plating four to take the lead. Bradley Logan started the scoring with an RBI single after Luke Gordon and Charlie Pelt walked with one out. McQueary followed Logan's walk with a three-run homer to left on a 1-0 offering from Tribe starter Sean Grieve, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game at 4-3.
William & Mary tied the score with an unearned run in the fifth. But in the sixth, State exploded to put the game out of reach. With two men on, Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas tripled to right-center, scoring Dusty Bennett and Eric Suttle to make the score 6-4. Luke Gordon followed with a single to left to score Rochon-Salvas and give State a three-run advantage. After strange circumstances allowed the Panthers to score three more runs, McCree put the final stamp on the inning with a two-run homer to make it 12-4. The Panthers would get another base runner after Bennett was hit by the first pitch after McCree's round-tripper, but no further damage was done after an eight-run, six-hit inning.
After William & Mary scored a pair to make it a 12-6 game after seven, State scored four more in the eighth. Home run hitter McQueary was hit by the first pitch of the inning, then advanced to second on a walk to Childers. McCree laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, and Bennett drove in the first run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to plate McQueary. Suttle's single to left in the next at-bat scored Childers to make the lead 14-6 for State. After a double by Rochon-Salvas, Gordon added two more RBIs to his total for the night with a single up the middle to give the Panthers a 16-6 lead.
William & Mary cut the lead to five with a five-run eighth inning, but State scored the final run of the game on an RBI single by McCree, scoring Bradley Logan from third to make the final score 17-11.
Adam Bowling earned the win with two innings of relief of Panthers starter Drew Grant. Bowling gave up just one unearned run in his two innings of work, while Grant allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings of work. Grieve fell to 2-3 with the loss, allowing five runs in 5.1 innings of action.
The two teams will continue their series tomorrow in Williamsburg, Va. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.
Notes: The game took three hours and 55 minutes to play...Robert Hasenfelt, Tyler Allen, and Andy Reid also worked out of the Panthers bullpen...Georgia State scored 17 runs on 17 hits, while William & Mary scored 11 runs on 11 hits...Eight of State's nine starters in the lineup recorded hits, with the one who didn't (Childers) scoring two runs.