GEORGIA STATE (4-3) vs. EASTERN ILLINOIS (5-2)
GSU Baseball Complex

Friday, 4 p.m
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

COVERAGE
Friday: Free live audio on GeorgiaStateSports.com, GSU mobile app

ADMISSION & PARKING: Free

PROBABLE PITCHERS
Friday - GSU RHP Hunter Gaddis (So., 2-0, 0.73) vs. EIU RHP Alex Stevenson (So., 1-0, 3.09)
Saturday - GSU RHP Jake Rogers (Jr., 1-1, 3.00) vs. EIU RHP Carson Haws (Jr., 1-0, 2.13)
Sunday - GSU RHP Jordan Lee (Sr., 1-0, 4.91) vs. EIU LHP Logan Beaman (Sr., 0-1, 10.12)

LEADING OFF

>After Wednesday’s scheduled game at Georgia was rained out, Georgia State is back on the field for the first time since last Saturday, hosting Ohio Valley foe Eastern Illinois for a three-game set.

>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.

>GSU and Eastern Illinois, also nicknamed the Panthers, are meeting for the first time. EIU (5-2) has won five straight, including a three-game sweep at Memphis last weekend.

>Georgia State LEADS THE NATION in double plays turned with 13 through the first seven games (1.86 per game).

>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.

>Georgia State’s 2018 schedule is perhaps the most challenging in school history, highlighted by Power 5 foes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Ole Miss for a total of eight games.

>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.