ATLANTA -- Elian Merejo hit two home runs and drove in seven as Georgia State rallied from a 10-5 deficit to defeat Coastal Carolina 15-11 Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex.
After Coastal Carolina (26-17-1, 11-9) scored in each of the first five innings to take a 10-5 lead, GSU (13-32, 4-17) outscored the Chanticleers 10-1 over the final four innings. Trey Horton allowed just one run over the final four innings to earn the victory for the Panthers, the first collegiate win for the sophomore right-hander.
Merejo, who leads the team with six homers, belted a pair of two-run shots and contributed an RBI-single. His seven RBI are one shy of the school record, held by four players, and the most by a Panther since Joey Roach drove in seven at Mercer in 2015.
But he was far from the only offensive standout as Luke Leonard had four hits, including a two-run single that gave GSU the lead in the eighth inning. Ryan Glass drove in three runs, and Griffin Cheney had three hits and two RBI.
Trailing 10-5, Georgia State got back in the game with four runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs. After Glass and Dalton Davies walked to lead off the inning, but a double play left Glass at third with two outs. Griffin Cheney's infield single brought home Glass, and after Brandon Bell singled, Merejo belted his second three-run homer to pull the Panthers within 10-9.
Coastal Carolina scored one run in the top of the seventh, but Horton managed to get out of the bases-loaded. He struck out Zach Biermann for the second out on a ball in the dirt that scooted away from the catcher but Dalton Davies managed to corral the ball and tag out Cameron Pearcy trying to score from third.
The Panthers got that run back in the bottom half as Leonard legged out an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Glass' groundout, cutting the GSU deficit to 11-10.
After Cheney snagged a line drive at shortstop to keep the Chanticleers off the scoreboard in the eighth, Georgia State took the lead with five runs in the bottom half.
Cheney led off with a double to the gap in left center and then Bell reached on catcher's interference. Merejo singled through the left side to score Cheney to tie the game and give the GSU DH his seventh RBI. After Rhett Harper was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Luke Leonard bounced a double over the third baseman's head and down the left field line to bring home two runs and put the Panthers up 13-11. Then Glass stroked a double that was just fair inside the left field line and scored two runs for a 15-11 lead.
In the ninth, Horton got the first two outs before allowing a single and a walk. But he struck out Biermann to end the game and snap the Panthers' seven-game losing streak.
The scoring started in the first inning as Coastal Carolina pushed across an unearned run in the top of the first and then the Panthers responded with Merejo's first three-run homer of the day to take a 3-1 lead.
The Chanticleers moved ahead with five runs in the second, including Mike Koenig's three-run homer, but GSU answered with two in their half on a run-scoring double by Daino Deas and an RBI-groundout by Cheney. But Coastal added one in third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to take the 10-5 lead before Georgia State began its comeback.
Georgia State will break for final exams this week before returning to action at Texas State next weekend.