ATLANTA - Ryan Blanton is this week's Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines.
Blanton almost single-handedly willed the Panthers into the Sun Belt tournament with his performance on the final weekend with two home runs and seven RBI vs. Georgia Southern.
With the Panthers trailing 7-5 in the eighth inning of the series opener, he blasted a game-winning GRAND SLAM to send Georgia State to a 9-7 victory.
He also led off the game with a solo homer, the seventh time in his career he has done so, and had two other hits and scored three runs in the game.
In Game 2 of the series, Blanton again came to the plate with bases loaded and the Panthers trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning, and he delivered a two-run single to put the Georgia State ahead.
Blanton's productive weekend put an exclamation point on an outstanding career. A three-year starter, he ranks 15th in school history with 23 career homers, which is second among all active Sun Belt Conference players. He also stands second in Panther annals in triples (12), second in walks (106) and fourth in runs scored (143).