GEORGIA STATE (22-25) at KENNESAW STATE (24-20)
Tuesday, May 8, 6 p.m., Stillwell Stadium
COVERAGE: Radio on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM (streamed on GeorgiaStateSports.com)
PROBABLE PITCHERS: GSU RHP Bryan White (1-3, 5.54) vs. KSU LHP Ryan Kennedy (2-6, 8.54)
>Georgia State and Kennesaw State complete their annual home-and-home with a 6 p.m. game Tuesday at KSU’s Stillwell Stadium. The Owls won the first meeting 15-9 March 27 at GSU.
>The Georgia State pitching staff tied a 22-year-old school record by striking out 18 batters in a 6-5, 12-inning win over Louisiana (April 27). Four pitchers were involved: Hunter Gaddis (8), Brandon Baker (4), Jansen Acton (3) and Tyler Koch (3). The record was first set vs. Furman in 1996.
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is third in the Sun Belt with 12 homers, third in batting average (.347), second in slugging (.602) and third in RBI (45).
>Gatewood was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game as well as Sun Belt Player of the Week on April 9 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.
>Gatewood had a 17-game hitting streak from March 16-April 14 that was the longest by a Panther since 2013. During the streak he was 32-for-72 (.444) with eight homers and 27 RBI.
>On April 6 vs. Arkansas State, right fielder Brandon 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 (7-3) leads the Sun Belt with seven victories and ranks seventh in ERA (3.32) and sixth in strikeouts (71). 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.
>Gaddis has twice been named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week:
-March 26: Threw his second complete game in 7-2 win vs. South Alabama, allowing four hits and striking out eight. He blanked the Jags for seven innings before allowing two runs in the eighth.
-March 12: 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 also defeated No. 16 Coastal Carolina as he allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
>Senior shortstop Justin Jones, hitting .305, 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 reached another milestone last game at ULM with his 100th career RBI. He is one of 12 players in school history with 200 career hits, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored.
>Jones holds the school records for fielding assists (585) and sacrifice bunts (35) and is second in hit by pitch (32), sixth in at-bats (772), and seventh in hits (225), walks (88) and runs (134).
>In the April 27 6-5 win over Louisiana, Jones tied the game with a homer in the eighth inning and then won it in the 12th with a squeeze bunt. That is the fifth time in his career he has driven in the winning run in extra innings.
>Now in his 12th season, head coach Greg Frady is Georgia State’s career victory leader with 351 for the Panthers as part of his 538 career wins.
JONES’ RECORD WATCH: With 206 career games, senior shortstop Justin Jones is collecting records and milestones.
>GSU career leader in sacrifice bunts with 35 (Previous record: 33 by Ryan Sterling, 2003-05).
>Hit by pitch 32 times, second in GSU history to Bradley Logan, 35, 2007-10.
>GSU’s career leader in fielding assists with 585 (Previous record was 524 by Michael Brand, 1993-96).
>Has 225 career hits to stand seventh in GSU history. Next up is No. 6 Josh Vandiver with 233.
>Seventh with 134 career runs scored.
>Tied for seventh with 88 career walks.
>Tied for ninth with 42 career doubles.
>Sixth with 772 career at-bats and 10th with 206 games played.
SERIES vs. KENNESAW STATE: Kennesaw State holds a 16-13 lead in the series, which began in 1984 and has been continuous since 2009.
>The teams have split the last six games, with Georgia State’s last win coming in a 4-3 decision in Atlanta in 2016.