ATLANTA -- Georgia State mounted a ninth inning rally and had the winning run on base before falling to No. 6 Ole Miss 5-3 at the GSU Baseball Complex. The Panthers scored one in the ninth and had the bases loaded with no outs, but a force out and home and a double play ended the game.
Brandon Bell led the Panthers (11-5) with a homer and three RBI on the night. Ole Miss won its eighth straight game to improve to 16-1.
With GSU trailing 5-2, Jake Corso led off the ninth with a bloop double that dropped in shallow center field. He moved to third on a passed ball, and then Bell drove him home with a single to right field. Will Kilgore walked off Ole Miss closer Dallas Woolfolk, and Luke Leonard beat out a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
But Woolfolk got a ground ball to third base for a force at home and then a first-to-home to first double play to end the game and earn his sixth save.
"I thought with bases loaded, down two, I really liked our chances. It's just disappointing when you get that close and you have an SEC school ranked in the Top 10 in Panthersville, you really want to get that done and come through," GSU head coach Greg Frady said. "We were facing a really good team, let's don't forget that."
Bell, the junior right fielder, gave Georgia State an early lead with a two-run homer, his second, in the second inning following a double by Corso.
Ole Miss tied the game with two runs in the fourth, including a solo homer by Nick Fortes, and then the Rebels moved ahead with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Georgia State had 10 hits in the game to seven for Ole Miss, but the Panthers left seven on base.
GSU starter Bryan White (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits in five innings.
"I thought Bryan White gave us a really good start, Tyler Koch came out of the bullpen and did a really good job, and then Trey did too," Frady said. "We limited them to seven hits. The game really came down to timely hits. They took advantage of timely hits, and we just couldn't get the timely hit tonight."
Georgia State turned three double plays in the game and now has 23 on the season to rank near the top of Division I. In addition to his offensive output, Bell also had an outfield assist, throwing out Thomas Dillard at second base as he tried to leg out a double.
The two-game series concludes with a 3 p.m. game Wednesday. Live video is available on PantherVision through GeorgiaStateSports.com and GSU mobile apps.