GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Georgia State tied the game in the top of the ninth inning, but Furman won 4-3 on a two-out, walk-off single in the 11th Wednesday at Latham Stadium.
Luke Leonard hit a two-run home run for the Panthers (12-30), and freshman Brendon Case turned in an outstanding relief effort to give Georgia State the chance to tie the game and force extra innings.
Case came on in the fourth inning with GSU trailing 3-0, and the right-hander from Birmingham, Ala., pitched 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed six hits but walked just one and struck out four.
Leonard, the senior center fielder, closed the gap with his second homer of the season in the fifth inning, pulling the Panthers within 3-2.
The score remained that way until the ninth. Griffin Cheney led off with an infield single and moved to second on Dalton Davies' sacrifice. Brandon Bell singled through the left side to put runners at first and third with one out. Elian Merejo's ball back to the pitcher was bobbled to allow Cheney to score the tying run.
Furman (17-24) put runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Case worked out of the jam to force extras.
After Georgia State left the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Furman again put two on the bottom half, but with two outs, Bell (0-2) relieved Case and and ended the inning with a strikeout.
In the bottom of the 11th, Furman's Banks Griffith led off with a walk, moved to second on sacrifice and to third on a groundout before scoring on M.J. Sasapan's single up the middle.
Cheney was 3-for-4 on the night. The Panther shortstop has reached base in 11 of his last 12 plate appearances:
vs. South Alabama: single
vs. Kennesaw State: walked, single, double, reached on error, walk, single
vs. Furman: single, groundout, single, single, intentional walk
After five road games in the last six days, Georgia State returns home to host Coastal Carolina in a weekend series that opens Friday at 6 p.m. at the GSU Baseball Complex.