What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State hosts in-state foe Mercer Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex on PantherVision.
* Mercer has won seven in a row and is tied for the national lead with 28 victories.
* Georgia State has won three straight against Mercer and five of the last six meetings, including both games last season.

Live video on PantherVision, available on GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile app.

Georgia State: 11-20 Overall, 1-11 Sun Belt Conference (7-8 Home, 2-10 Away, 2-2 Neutral)
Mercer: 28-6 Overall, 8-1 Sun Belt Conference (17-3 Home, 11-3 Away)

GSU: RHP Jordan Lee, Jr. (1-0, 7.56) vs. Mercer: RHP Chase Burks, Jr. (1-1, 4.70)


* Georgia State has won three straight against Mercer and five of the last six meetings, including both games last season.

* Senior center fielder Ryan Blanton has a team-leading five homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs scored.

* Six of Blanton’s 20 career home runs have led off a game, including two this season vs. Marshall on Opening Day and Coastal Carolina.

* Catcher-designated hitter Nick Gatewood had three hits and a career-high four RBI Sunday at Arkansas State. Gatewood has 10 RBI in the last eight games.

* Freshman pitcher Hunter Gaddis, a 6-5 right-hander and weekend starter, leads the team with a 3-3 record and a 3.12 ERA.

* Gaddis took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 2-1 victory over UT Arlington on March 18.

* The Panther pitching staff held No. 14 Ole Miss to one run on six hits in 19 innings in their two-game series split. Six different Panther hurlers threw in the series.

* Shortstop Justin Jones, the Panthers’ has two game-winning hits this season. In the March 8 win at No. 14 Ole Miss, Jones delivered a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-0 victory. On March 18 in a 1-1 game vs. UT Arlington, he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth and GSU won 2-1.

* Georgia State’s 2017 schedule is perhaps the most ambitious in school history. The 2017 slate includes four different Power Five opponents and 13 games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, including a home series with Coastal Carolina, the defending national champions and the newest member of the Sun Belt Conference.

* Eleventh-year head coach Greg Frady earned his 500th college coaching victory in the Panthers’ 12-4 victory over Northern Kentucky on March 4. Frady now has 318 wins at Georgia State, plus 187 wins at North Florida C.C. (1991-96) for a total of 505.

* Frady is Georgia State’s career leader in victories after passing Mike Hurst (293) on March 20, 2016. In the last year he has also been honored with two different Hall of Fame inductions, joining the German Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame and the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.


* Georgia State has won three straight against Mercer and five of the last six meetings, including both games last season:
GSU 4, Mercer 3 (March 8, 2016 in Atlanta): Jarrett Hood had two hits and two RBI, Joey Roach was 2-for-2 and reached base four times, and Bryce Conley recorded the final six outs for the save.
GSU 10, Mercer 6 (March 20, 2016 in Macon): After Mercer scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead, Joey Roach’s game-tying single started a five-run ninth inning as Georgia State rallied for a 10-6 victory. Jaylen Woullard brought home the winning run with a bases-loaded walk. Jack Thompson hit a three-run homer in the sixth.

* Mercer is Georgia State’s most frequent opponent as the two schools have played more than 100 times since 1967. Every year that GSU has fielded a baseball team, it has played Mercer at least once. The Bears lead the all-time series 66-49, but since 1992, when Georgia State revived its baseball program, the Panthers hold a 38-35 edge, including 34-25 since 1996.

* Georgia State leads 11-7 under head coach Greg Frady (since 2007).

* Georgia State and Mercer played as conference foes in the TAAC/Atlantic Sun Conference from 1984-86 and from 1993-05.