ATLANTA -- Georgia State got an outstanding start from Tyler Koch, but the Panthers fell 6-3 to No. 8 Georgia 6-3 Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Behind Koch, the Panthers trailed just 2-1 after six innings, but Georgia (15-2) scored four runs in the in the seventh to pull ahead 6-1.
Georgia State (5-12) tried to rally with two runs in the ninth, but Georgia closer Aaron Schunk came on to record the final two outs for his sixth save.
Koch, the junior left-hander, was making just his second start but pitched six innings and allowed only one earned run on seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts. His previous long outing came in his first start last week, when he went 3.1 innings.
"Tyler Koch pitched outstanding. That was by far the best-pitched game I've seen from him," head coach Greg Frady said. "He was just really on point, keeping them off balance. Six innings, one earned run - we'll take that every single time anyone goes out on the mound, much less against a Top 10 team.
"That's a good team over there, and we played good. We just didn't play good enough to win."
Trailing 2-0, the Panthers got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Josh Smith led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice, advanced to third on a failed pickoff throw and then scored on Dalton Davies' sacrifice fly.
Georgia starter Tony Elliott (2-1) did not allow a hit until Smith's leadoff single in the sixth. He pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts and just one walk.
In the Panthers' ninth, Davies led off with a single to right field. Griffin Cheney walked with one out to put runners at first and second. Jake Corso ripped a double to left center to score both runners and pull the Panthers within 6-3 before Schunk came on and closed the door.
Georgia State and Georgia will conclude their home-and-home series next Tuesday, March 19 at the Bulldogs' Foley Field. Before that, the Panthers open Sun Belt Conference play this weekend at Appalachian State, beginning with a 3 p.m. game Friday.