ATLANTA -- The Georgia State baseball team concluded its two-game fall exhibition slate with 16 innings today vs. Georgia Highlands College at the GSU Baseball Complex.
The game was divided into two halves. After the first inning, the teams were tied at 2-2. In the second seven-inning segment, Georgia Highlands came out ahead, 4-3.
An NCAA rule enacted this year allows Division I baseball programs to play two fall games against outside competition. The Panthers also faced Tennessee two weeks ago.
"My goal was to use these two games to get as many people as possible into live game action and see how they react," head coach Greg Frady said. "The two days really provided a lot of information as far as how ready each player is and the things they need to work on.
"I was very happy with many of our younger pitchers today," Frady continued. "I thought they did a really good job."
Among position players, the first one noted by Frady was outfielder Terrell Frazier. "I want to compliment Terrell Frazier. He was out for a long time with an injury and he's only recently come back, but I thought he had really good at-bats today," Frady said.
"[Infielder] Griffin Cheney is a bigger, stronger player than he was last year and he had a really good day. [Catcher] Tanner Gallman is a bigger, stronger and better player than he was. There are others too, but those three come to mind."
But overall, Frady sees plenty of room for improvement on offense.
"One thing we haven't done well this fall is we haven't scored runs, and that will be a point of emphasis going forward. On the other hand, for the most part, we played really strong defense all day long."
Fall practice continues for another two weeks, and then Georgia State opens the 2019 season Feb. 15 vs. Richmond in the Atlanta Challenge at the GSU Baseball Complex.