SCHEDULE UPDATE:

Wednesday's game at Georgia has been rained out. No makeup has been announced.

GEORGIA STATE (4-3) at GEORGIA (6-1)

Wednesday, Feb. 28  |  5 p.m.  |  Foley Field  |  Athens, Ga.  

COVERAGE

TV: SECN+/WatchESPN; RADIO: 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM (streamed on GeorgiaStateSports.com)

PROBABLE PITCHERS

GSU: RHP Bryan White (R-Sr., 0-0, 0.00) vs. UGA: RHP Tony Locey (So., 1-0, 9.00)

 

LEADING OFF

>Playing an SEC team on the road for the second straight week, Georgia State (4-3) travels to Georgia (6-1, pending Tuesday vs. Wofford) Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game at Foley Field that will air on SECN+ and 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM.

>The Panthers are coming off a series win over Jacksonville. GSU won 6-2 on Friday and 7-0 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader before the Dolphins held on for a 5-3 win in the nightcap.

>Georgia State has won two of the last three meetings with Georgia with back-to-back wins in 2013 (10-7 in Atlanta) and 2014 (3-2 in Athens) before the Bulldogs won 4-2 in Athens in 2015.

>Facing another SEC foe last week, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning at No. 26 Auburn but the Tigers managed a run in the eighth and then won the game with two two-out runs in the ninth.

>Senior right-hander Bryan White will take the mound against Georgia after allowing just three hits in 5.2 scoreless innings with a career-high seven strikeouts last week at Auburn.

>Georgia State’s game at Georgia is one of five games this season against SEC foes as the Panthers have already played at Auburn and will host Georgia once and Ole Miss for two games. GSU has had some success against SEC teams in recent years, including wins at Ole Miss last season (2-0/11) and in 2014 (6-4) and the back-to-back victories over Georgia in 2013 and 2014.

>Georgia State LEADS THE NATION in double plays turned with 13 through the first seven games.

>Freshman designated hitter Ryan Glass, who hit a two-run homer in his first collegiate at-bat in the Opening Day win over Bradley, leads the Panthers with a .348 average and five RBI.

>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood, the Panthers’ top returning hitter, is heating up after going 6-for-12 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored in the series win over Jacksonville.

>Senior shortstop Justin Jones is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning second-team honors in 2017 after third-team accolades in 2016. His GPA, which is now 4.11, was the highest on the entire Academic America team.

>With 32 career sacrifice bunts, Jones ranks second in GSU history, just one behind the school record, and he is fourth among all active Division I players.

>The GSU pitching staff ranks second in the Sun Belt with a 3.16 ERA, including 15 straight scoreless innings last weekend vs. Jacksonville.

>The top returning pitcher for the Panthers is sophomore right-hander and Friday starter Hunter Gaddis, who has won his first two starts with a 0.73 ERA.

>Gaddis was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA as a freshman while pitching as the Saturday starter. He led the team with 67 strikeouts in 75.0 innings, against 19 walks, and had a .227 average against.

>Following his standout rookie season, Gaddis became the first Panther to pitch for the Team USA Collegiate National Team.

>Saturday starter Jake Rogers (1-1, 3.00) is also off to a strong start after tossing 6-2/3 scoreless innings in a combined shutout of Jacksonville.

>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 333 for the Panthers as part of his 520 career wins.

GEORGIA STATE vs. GEORGIA:

>Georgia won the last meeting, 4-2 in Athens in 2015, but the Panthers have taken two of the last three. Georgia State won 3-1 in Athens in 2014 and 10-7 in Atlanta in 2013.

>In 2014, Kenny Anderson allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings to earn the victory, and Matt Rose, Joey Roach and Ryan Blanton drove in runs in the Panthers’ decisive three-run seventh inning.

>In the 2013 victory in Atlanta, the Panthers rallied from a 7-4 deficit and then-freshman Matt Rose earned his first save.

>In the Bulldogs’ 2015 win, Georgia State had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning, but UGA right fielder Skyler Weber made a diving catch on Sam Few’s line drive to end the game.

>Georgia leads the all-time series 38-8.

>Georgia visits Panthersville on March 20 as the Panthers and Bulldogs play twice in a season for the first time since 2005, when they met once in Athens and once in Marietta, Ga.

>GSU is scheduled to play every Division I team in the state this season for a total of 13 games.

JONES’ RECORD WATCH: With 167 career games, senior shortstop Justin Jones is nearing milestones and records.

>Second in GSU history with 32 sacrifice bunts, just one behind the record of 33 by Ryan Sterling, 2003-05.

>Hit by pitch 27 times, good for third (Record: 35 by Bradley Logan, 2007-10).

>Has 465 career fielding assists, currently fifth in school history as he approaches the record of 524 (Michael Brand, 1993-96).

>Scored the 100th run of his career in the Jacksonville series.