ATLANTA -- Jake Rogers took a shutout into the seventh inning and the bullpen finished the job as Georgia State blanked Jacksonville 7-0 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, clinching the series for the Panthers. In the nightcap, GSU rallied from a 3-0 deficit before JU scored two in the top of the ninth to win 5-3.
"I'm really proud of our team for winning the series," head coach Greg Frady said. "Of course, after you win the first two game, you want to sweep, but I thought we played really well. I like how are team competed."
Rogers (1-1) allowed just three hits in 6.2 innings with two strikeouts and three walks. Will White relieved him to finish the seventh, and then Trey Horton pitched the final two innings as the GSU staff extended its scoreless streak to 15 straight innings.
"Jake Rogers was phenomenal today," Frady said. "For our bullpen matched with Jake to give us a shutout is a really good job. That's a good team we played, and Jake certainly set the pace."
The Panthers put up four runs in the first three innings to support Rogers. Luke Leonard started a two-out rally with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then stole third on Will Kilgore's walk. Huggins delivered an RBI-single for the first run, and then Kilgore scored the second run on a double steal and an error as he evaded the catcher's tag.
Huggins increased the lead in the sixth on a bloop single that scored Leonard, and then Kendall Ford's sacrifice fly made the score 6-0. Gatewood hit his first homer of the season, an opposite field solo shot down the left field line, in the seventh.
In Game 2, Jacksonville (4-3) jumped in front with three runs in the first two innings off GSU starter Jordan Lee. But Lee settled down from there, pitching six innings without allowing another run.
The Panthers finally got on the board with two runs in the sixth. After Justin Jones reached on an error, Gatewood brought him home with a double to left center. Ryan Glass singled, and then Thompson's singled up the middle to plate Gatewood and bring the Panthers within 3-2.
In the seventh, Ford drew a two-out walk, and Jones tied the game with a triple to the right field corner.
The score remained 3-3 until the ninth inning, when the Dolphins put runners at first and third with two outs. GSU reliever Brandon Bell came on to pitch and induced a ground ball up the middle from Angel Camacho that Jones was in position to field but the ball hit the bag and bounce away, allowing the run to score. Scott Dubrule added an RBI-single to put Jacksonville ahead 5-3.
The Panthers rallied in the ninth but again were victimized by bad luck. With one out, Jones reached second base when his popup behind first base dropped between three fielders. That brought up Gatewood, who crushed a ball to the wall in straightaway centerfield. But there confusion over whether or not the ball was caught by the centerfielder as he crashed into the wall, so Jones and Gatewood were both at second base and Gatewood was called out.
Georgia State returns to action Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game at Georgia.