Georgia State baseball's Saturday game against William & Mary was pushed back a game by snow and converted into a doubleheader.
For the Panthers, it was worth the wait.
Jeramy Compton worked five solid innings in game one to lead the Panthers to a 6-2 victory over the Tribe. In game two, the Panthers broke an 8-all tie with seven runs in the ninth inning for a 15-12 win and a sweep of the series from William & Mary. The win gives the Panthers a six-game string of victories.
"All three games this weekend were very hard-fought," said Georgia State head coach Greg Frady. "Jeramy went out there and gave us the innings we needed to give us a chance to win the first game today, and ultimately the second game as well."
With game one scheduled for seven innings, the Panthers (18-15, 7-5 Colonial) had to strike quickly, and senior Charlie Pelt delivered in the first inning with a single to right to score Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas and give State a 1-0 advantage. After William & Mary (20-16, 8-7 CAA) tied the score an inning later, the Panthers tacked on two runs in the fourth to take a lead they would not give up. Aeden McQueary walked, stole second, then advanced to third on a wild pitch to give the Panthers a runner in scoring positon. After a walk to Bradley Logan, McQueary would come home on a single by Matt Van Horn. After a sacrifice bunt by Dusty Bennett put runners in scoring position. A hit wouldn't bring a run home, but a passed ball would, as Logan came in to make it 3-1.
William & Mary cut the advantage to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, but State put the game away with two runs in the sixth. Dusty Bennett's RBI double into right-center scored Logan to make it 4-2. Eric Suttle then followed with a triple to right-center to bring home Dusty Bennett to make the score 5-2.
The Panthers added a run in the seventh and final inning as Chase Childers brought home Pelt with an RBI single to center. The Tribe would get no closer, as Kevin Dooley entered to earn his third save of the season by pitching two scoreless and hitless innings to shut the door on William & Mary and clinch State at least a series win.
Coach Frady has said in the past that the only way a team can sweep a three-game series is by winning the first two games. With the first two games out of the way, the Panthers fell behind 1-0 after an inning, but roared back with six unearned runs in the third to take the lead. With two men out and the bases loaded, Bradley Logan reached on an error, scoring Logan Sharrett from third to tie the score. With the bases still loaded, Chase Childers singled to center, scoring two to give the Panthers a 3-1 advantage. State wasn't done, as after a walk loaded the bases for a third time, Van Horn cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Panthers a 6-1 cushion.
William & Mary scored a single run in the fourth, and the Panthers answered with two runs in the fifth. Childers scored Pelt from second with an RBI single, then took second on the throw home. Leading 7-2, McQueary's single to center scored Childers to make the lead 8-2.
William & Mary would battle back to tie the score though, scoring three in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh to make the scoreboard read 8-8. With one inning left to decide whether the Panthers could get a sweep, the Panthers came out on top in wild fashion.
After a McQueary double, a Michael McCree single, and a walk to Dusty Bennett, Eric Suttle brought home State's first two runs with a double to right. With two men in scoring position, Logan Sharrett's two-run single scored Bennett and McCree and make the score 12-8. After a pop out and a fly out, State struck again for three more runs. Bradley Logan's single to left scored Logan Sharrett for what would ultimately be the winning run. After a single by Childers, McQueary closed the scoring for State with a double down the line in left to score Bradley Logan and Childers, giving State a 15-8 lead.
After working two innings in the first game, Dooley came on to pitch the ninth in the second game. William & Mary was ready though, scoring four runs off of six hits and loading the bases with two men out. But on a 2-2 count, Dooley was able to get Greg Sexton to pop out to end the game and give State the series sweep with a 15-12 win.
Adam Bowling took the win for the Panthers in game two, working 2.2 innings and giving up two runs on two hits. The reigning CAA Pitcher of the Week, Bowling won two of the three games of the series for State.
The Panthers will try to extend their winning streak to seven when they travel to face former Trans America Athletic Conference rival Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Notes: This is the second six-game win streak in 2007 for the Panthers...State has also won five straight games in CAA play...McQueary went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with two doubles, three runs scored, three walks and an .800 on-base percentage. For the weekend, he went .636 with a homer on Friday night and six RBIs....This weekend, State had 33 RBIs to 18 for the Tribe...Bowling has an ERA of 2.65 and has once again qualified to be ranked in the CAA statistical rankings...State closes the weekend with five hitters batting .300 or higher, with two within .010 of the .300 mark.