What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State held No. 12 Oklahoma to just five hits, but a late rally came up just short as the Panthers fell 5-4.
* Jarrett Hood and Romero Greer had run-scoring singles for GSU.
* GSU opens Sun Belt play this weekend, hosting UT Arlington beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
ATLANTA -- Georgia State held No. 12 Oklahoma to just five hits, but a late rally came up just short as the Panthers fell 5-4 on frigid day at the GSU Baseball Complex.
The Sooners (18-3) have a Division I-best 18 victories, lead the nation in hits and rank among the top 10 in ERA, but the Panthers (9-8) scored two runs in the eighth inning to pull within one run and had the bases loaded with just one out but could not bring the tying run home.
Oklahoma starter Nathan Wiles (3-0) shut out the Panthers for six innings, allowing just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts, before GSU scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth off the Sooner bullpen.
With GSU trailing 3-0 with one out in the seventh, Nick Gatewood and Darius Sewell walked, and the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Payton Moore put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a pinch hit sacrifice fly, and the Romero Greer delivered a run-scoring single to pull Georgia State within 3-2.
Oklahoma scored two unearned runs in the top of the eighth. With runners at second and third and one out, Devin Vainer came on and struck out Quinn Walbergh for the second out. Vainer then threw two strikes to Renae Martinez before the pinch hitter managed to drop a double into right center field to drive in both runs.
But the Panthers answered again in the bottom of the eighth. Ryan Blanton and Cam Sperry walked to put runners at first and second with one out for Jarrett Hood, who singled to left to score Blanton. After Luke Leonard beat out an infield single to load the bases, Sewell drew another walk to pull GSU within 5-4. But OU reliever JB Olson struck out Mann and got Greer to ground out to end the threat.
Olson then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.
GSU starter Bryan White (0-2) allowed three runs on three hits in 4.2 innings.
"I think we all know Oklahoma has a good team, a Top 25 team, but I I'm really proud of our team because nothing seemed to go right for us early, but we hung in there and later in the game, we made some impressive plays," head coach Greg Frady said. "It didn't happen for us today, but this was a great game for us leading into our conference.
"Timely hitting is more important than getting hits," Frady continued. "We just didn't get the timely hit to push us across. Having the bases loaded with one out and not being able to tie the game. And the inning right before that, the 0-2 pitch hit into right field was the big play for them. We're not talking about playing good baseball because we did play good baseball; we're talking about beating a Top 25 team, and you have to execute those small situations."
Georgia State opens Sun Belt Conference play this weekend by hosting UT Arlington, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex. Live PantherVision video coverage is available on GeorgiaStateSports.com.