Georgia State takes a four-game winning streak, highlighted by Wednesday's win at Georgia Tech, into this weekend's home series vs. Texas State at the GSU Baseball Complex.
GEORGIA STATE vs. TEXAS STATE
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Georgia State: 17-15, 5-6 Sun Belt
Texas State: 17-15, 5-7 Sun Belt
Friday: Video stream on PantherVision via GeorgiaStateSports.com, GSU mobile app
Saturday/Sunday: Free audio stream on GeorgiaStateSports.com, GSU mobile app
Friday: GSU RHP Hunter Gaddis (So., 6-1, 1.59)
Saturday: GSU RHP Jake Rogers (Jr., 4-3, 4.69)
Sunday: GSU RHP Jordan Lee (Sr., 3-0, 3.79)
>After Wednesday’s 5-2 victory at Georgia Tech, Georgia State is riding a four-game winning streak, including a sweep of Arkansas State last weekend, 12-3, 16-7 and 3-2.
>Will Kilgore and Romero Greer drove in two runs each, and seven Georgia State pitchers combined for a season-high 14 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run the win at Tech.
>The Panthers are tied for seventh in the nation with 35 double plays turned.
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is this week’s National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game as well as Sun Belt Player of the Week after going 8-for-15 with four homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in four games while catching 34 of 35 innings. Gatewood is GSU’s sixth National Player of the Week in the last five years.
>For the season, Gatewood is 11th in Division I and second in the Sun Belt with 11 homers while ranking third in the conference with a .377 average and 35 RBI.
>Gatewood has a 15-game hitting streak in which he is 28-for-62 (.474) with eight homers and 26 RBI. That includes a two-homer, six-RBI performance in GSU’s March 23 win over South Alabama, and back-to-back two-homer games vs Furman and Arkansas State last week.
>Right fielder Brandon Bell leads the Sun Belt with a .407 average (15th in NCAA).
>Last Friday vs. Arkansas State, Bell became just the second player in GSU history to hit for the cycle (Mark Micowski vs. N.C. Central, 2010). Bell was 5-for-5: single, double, single, 3-run HR, triple. His cycle came one game after he hit a grand slam at Furman.
>Friday starter Hunter Gaddis has been named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week two of the last five weeks. He threw his second complete game in the 7-2 win over South Alabama (March 23), allowing four hits and striking out eight. He blanked the Jaguars for seven innings before allowing two runs in the eighth.
>Gaddis was also honored by the Sun Belt on March 12 after tossing a complete-game, three-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks in 2-0 win at Samford. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
>Gaddis (6-1) leads the Sun Belt with six victories and ranks third in ERA at 1.59. The 6-5 right-hander was 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA as a freshman while pitching as the Saturday starter. Following his standout rookie season, Gaddis became the first Panther to pitch for the Team USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2017.
>The Panthers’ weekend rotation of Hunter Gaddis, Jake Rogers and Jordan Lee has a 13-4 record.
>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.
>Jones broke the Georgia State career record for fielding assists last week at Furman. He now has 539 career assists. He also holds the school record for sacrifice bunts (34) while ranking second in hit by pitch (30), 10th in hits (207) and 10th in runs scored (124).
>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 346 for the Panthers as part of his 533 career wins.
JONES’ RECORD WATCH: With 191 career games, senior shortstop Justin Jones is collecting records and milestones.
>GSU career leader in sacrifice bunts with 34, surpassing previous record of 33 by Ryan Sterling, 2003-05. Ranks fifth among all active Division I players.
>Hit by pitch 30 times, second in GSU history to Bradley Logan, 35, 2007-10.
>GSU’s career leader in fielding assists with 539 after breaking the record April 4 at Furman. Previous record was 524 by Michael Brand (1993-96).
>Recorded the 200th hit of his career March 31 vs. Troy; now has 207 to rank 10th in GSU history.
>Has scored 124 runs in his career (10th in GSU history) and is nearing the 100-RBI (93) mark.
SERIES VS. TEXAS STATE: Texas State holds an 8-4 lead in the series, but Georgia State has won three of the last four.
>The Panthers took the series at Texas State last May, winning 11-7 on Friday and 11-8 on Sunday. The Bobcats won the middle game 10-9 on a walk-off. The Panthers scored 31 runs on 35 hits in the series.
>In last year’s series, Nick Gatewood was 6-for-14 with two homers, and Will Kilgore was 5-for-10 with two homers
>Three of the first four series have been played at Texas State. The Bobcats won two of three in 2015 in their only previous trip to Atlanta.