ATLANTA -- Luke Leonard hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Georgia State fell 6-5 in 11 innings to Coastal Carolina Saturday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
The Panthers (12-32, 3-17 Sun Belt) rallied twice in the game, first by scoring four runs in the sixth inning to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead. After Coastal Carolina (26-17-1, 11-8 Sun Belt) tied the game with a run in the eighth and then took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth, Leonard led off the bottom of the ninth and hit the first pitch down the left field line and over the fence for his third homer of the season.
The Chanticleers scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th on a bases-loaded single. In the bottom half, Brandon Bell doubled with one out to put the tying run in scoring position, but Coastal held on for their second straight win in the series.
Trailing 3-0 after six innings, Georgia State scored four in the sixth. Daino Deas led off with bloop single to shallow right field, advanced to second on a groundout and then scored on Brandon Bell's double off the wall in left.
After Terrell Frazier reached base on catcher's interference and Josh Smith walked to load the bases, Leonard drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 3-2. Then Ryan Glass delivered a two-run single to left that put the Panthers up 4-3.
Leonard's two RBI give him a team-leading 28 on the season.
Coastal Carolina reliever Zach McCambley (6-2), who relieved starter Matt Eardensohn in the sixth, finished the game with 4.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, to earn the victory.
The teams will conclude the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.