GEORGIA STATE (23-25, 7-16) vs. APPALACHIAN STATE (16-31, 7-17)
THE SERIES (at the GSU Baseball Complex)
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. (Senior Day)
Friday: Audio on GeorgiaStateSports.com;
Saturday & Sunday: Video on PantherVision
Friday: GSU RHP Hunter Gaddis (So., 7-3, 3.28) vs. LHP Colin Schmid (4-5, 4.07)
Saturday: GSU RHP Jake Rogers (Jr., 4-5, 4.82) vs. LHP Andrew Vaccario (2-9, 5.40)
Sunday: GSU RHP Jordan Lee (Sr., 3-3, 4.73) vs. RHP Will Sprinkle (2-1, 2.68)
>Georgia State plays its final home games of the season this weekend against Appalachian State. The Panthers are one-half game ahead of App State in the Sun Belt Conference standings, and one-half game behind Arkansas State for the 10th and final spot in the Sun Belt tourney.
>Twelve Georgia State seniors will be honored before Sunday’s game for Senior Day. The class includes four-year players Justin Jones and Jack Thompson, three-year Panthers Will Kilgore, Bryan White, Brandon Baker and Tyler Elwer, and six two-year players: Jansen Acton, Kendall Ford, Romero Greer, Mike Huggins, Jordan Lee, Tanner Thomson.
>Seniors Justin Jones (4.11 GPA) and Will Kilgore (3.91 GPA) were named Thursday to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® baseball team by CoSIDA). Both are now eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-America® baseball team, which will be announced next month.
>Jones is already a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America®, earning second-team honors in 2017 after third-team accolades in 2016.
>Kilgore, the senior second baseman, is hitting a career-best .320.
>Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is third in the Sun Belt with 12 homers, fourth 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.
>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.
>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.
>Jones, hitting .302, reached another milestone last weekend 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 (587) and sacrifice bunts (35) and is second in hit by pitch (32), fifth in at-bats (777), and seventh in hits (226), walks (88) and runs (135).
>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 352 for the Panthers as part of his 539 career wins.
JONES’ RECORD WATCH: With 207 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 587 (Previous record was 524 by Michael Brand, 1993-96).
>Has 226 career hits to stand seventh in GSU history. Next up is No. 6 Josh Vandiver with 233.
>Seventh with 135 career runs scored.
>Tied for seventh with 88 career walks.
>Ninth with 43 career doubles.
>Fifth with 777 career at-bats and tied for eighth with 207 games played.
SERIES vs. APPALACHIAN STATE: Georgia State has won five of the eight meetings since Appalachian State joined the Sun Belt in 2014.
>Last season in a weather-altered series in Boone, N.C., Georgia State won the Friday game 8-6, but the Mountainers swept a doubleheader Saturday, 6-1 and 13-1.
>The Panthers won the only previous series in Atlanta in 2016. Wayne Wages pitched a one-hit shutout, including 8-1/3 perfect innings, in Friday’s 10-0 victory, and Jarrett Hood’s walk-off gave GSU a 5-4 win in 11 innings on Sunday.
>The teams played six times before they were in the Sun Belt. GSU leads the overall series 9-5, including 5-2 in Atlanta.