ATLANTA -- Georgia State dropped a doubleheader to East Tennesee State, 8-2 and 5-1, Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex to win the series after the Panthers won Friday's opener, 6-5 in 13 innings.
In Saturday's first game, ETSU (11-4) jumped in front with three runs in the the third inning, added arun in thefourth and then pulled away with two runs in the seventh en route to the 8-2 victory.
Buccaneer starter Landon Knack (3-0) displayed pinpoint control as allowed just two runs on eight hits over seven innings and struck seven with no walks.
Jake Corso had three hits for the Panthers (4-10), including a two-run single in thethird inning, and Brandon Bell added two hits.
In the nightcap, Georgia State starter Trey Horton was outstanding, but ETSU starter Daniel Sweeney was even better, holding the Panthers hitless until the seventh inning, when Elian Merejo broke the ice with a double to left field.
Despite the lack of hits, the game was tied at 1-1 through seven innings. Horton, the sophomore right-hander allowed just one unearned run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in a career-long seven innings pitched.
Both runs scored in second inning and both were unearned. In the GSU second, Brandon Bell led off with a walk and Merejo reached on an error. After the runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Chase Frady, Bell scored on Enrique Ferrer's groundout.
ETSU broke the tie with three runs in the eighth off freshman reliever Ryan Watson (1-1), the big blow a two-run double by center fielder David Beam.
Sweeney (3-0) pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run with one walk and two strikeouts. Daulton Montagna pitched the final 1.2 innings for his first save.
"It was a really good series against ETSU. All the games were really competitive," head coach Greg Frady said. "They were able to find a way to win Games 2 and 3 at the end, just like we were able to find a way to win Friday. But it was really good preparation for conference baseball, which begins next weekend. They brought a lot of types of pitchers, right-handers and left-handers and matchups that we will see in conference.
"I want to say that Trey Horton pitched outstanding today," Frady continued. "Seven innings and just one unearned run, it was just a fantastic job. If Trey can continue to do that on the weekend, he's going to put us in position to win.
"Even though we today we did not get the result we wanted in either game, our team is improving. We have to figure out a way to hit the ball better and score more runs. We're just not scoring enough runs to support our pitching."
Georgia State shortstop Griffin Cheney hit safety in the Game 1 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, but was held hitless in Game 2.
Georgia State's homestand continues with a pair of midweek games at the GSU Baseball Complex as the Panthers host Georgia Southwestern Tuesday at 4 pm. and then No. 9 Georgia Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Panthers open Sun Belt Conference play next weekend at Appalachian State.