ATLANTA -- Georgia State dropped a doubleheader to Samford, 8-6 and 2-1, Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Brandon Bell had four hits for Georgia State (3-8) in the twin bill, while Jake Corso contributed three RBI on three hits, including a home run and a double. Elian Merejo and Griffin Cheney also had three hits each.
Game 1: Samford 8, Georgia State 6
Samford broke a 5-all tie with two runs in the seventh and then held on for an 8-6 victory. Jake Corso led the Panthers with a homer, a double and a single and three runs batted in, but GSU errors led to four unearned runs.
After Samford scored two runs in the top of the first, the Panthers answered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the frame as the first six batters reached base. Daino Deas reached on an error, Griffin Cheney doubled and then Corso and Elian Merejo delivered back-to-back RBI-singles to tie the ghame. Nick Piccapietra's fielder's choice put GSU ahead 3-2.
Corso led off the third inning with a solo blast to center field for his first homer of the season. With runners at first and second, Piccapietra laid down a perfect bunt that the pitcher and catcher converged upon in front of the mound but they had no chance to get Piccapietra at first. Merejo advanced to third and then, with no one covering the plate, he took off for home and scored. That put the Panthers up 5-2.
Samford tied the game with three runs in fifth, two of them unearned after two GSU errors. The Bulldogs moved ahead 7-5 with two in the seventh, including another unearned run.
Corso's RBI-double in the seventh pulled the Panthers within one, but Samford pushed across an insurance run, also unearned, in the eighth.
Game 2: Samford 2, Georgia State 1
The Panthers got a strong pitching performance from Trey Horton, Seth Clark and Rhett Harper and outhit Samford, 9-6, but fell 2-1.
Horton (0-1) pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Clark, the freshman left-hander came on in the sixth and retired nine of the next 10 batters, including five strikeouts, in three scoreless innings. After he surrendured a leadoff walk in the ninth, Harper recorded the next three outs.
Samford got on the scoreboardon Kaden Dreier's solo homer in the fourth inning and then took a 2-0 lead on on Jordan Fucci's RBI-double in the fifth.
The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh on Luke Leonard's sacrifice fly. Leading off the ninth inning, Brandon Bell, who had three hits in the game, drove a ball to the wall, but center fielder Max Pinto made the catch.
Samford starter Zach Hester (2-1) allowed nine hits over 6.1 innings but just one run as he struck out six and walked none. Four relievers finished the game for the Bulldogs, including Stephen Jones, who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the day and third of the season.