ATLANTA -- Jake Corso and Elian Merejo drove in four runs each as Georgia State rallied from an early 7-2 deficit for a 15-7 victory over Georgia Southern in the second game of Saturday's season-ending doubleheader on Senior Day at the GSU Baseball Complex. Georgia Southern won the first game 7-2.
Georgia State finishes the season at 15-41, 6-24 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Seven Panthers seniors were honored before the doubleheader, and six of them were able to take part in the victory.
"It always feels good to win," head coach Greg Frady said. "It feels good beat our rival, and it feels good to see our seniors go out on a positive note."
After Georgia Southern (32-23, 18-12) jumped in front with five runs in the top of the first, Merejo got the Panthers on the scoreboard in the bottom half with a two-run double to right center. The Eagles added two runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead, but Georgia State responded with four. Chase Frady led off with a walk, Dalton Davies singled and Daino Deas delivered an RBI-single. After Griffin Cheney was hit by a pitch, Corso drew a bases-loaded walk to pull Georgia State within 7-4. Brandon Bell dropped a single into right field to bring home Deas, and then Merejo's sacrifice fly brought the Panthers within one at 7-6.
Sophomore right-hander Trey Horton, who relieved starter Seth Clark in the second, finally shut down the Eagles in the third, allowing Georgia State to take the lead in the bottom half. Frady and Davies led off with back-to-back singles and moved up on wild pitch, and Deas picked up his second RBI with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Then Corso's RBI-single gave Georgia State a lead it would not relinquish. Bell added an RBI-double to the left field corner, and the Panthers led 9-7 after three.
Georgia State broke the game open with four more runs in the sixth to move ahead 14-7. Luke Leonard led off with a double and scored on a single by Deas, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI. The Corso smacked a two-run single and Merejo delivered another sacrifice fly.
Cheney's RBI-single in the seventh closed out the scoring.
Horton (2-6) stablized the game for Georgia State with five innings in relief to earn the victory as he allowed two runs on two hits with six strikeouts, which equalled his career high. After Georgia Southern scored seven runs in the first two innings, the GSU staff shut them down the rest of the way
Senior left-hander Will White started the seventh inning and needed just one pitch to record an out in his final appearance. Freshman Brendon Case pitched the next 2.1 innings and allowed just one baserunner before senior Liam Henry recorded the final out of the game.
Corso, the senior first baseman, went 2-for-5 with four RBI, while Bell, the senior right fielder, was 4-ofor-4 with two RBI. Senior center fielder Luke Leonard had three hits, including two doubles.
Davies, who caught all 18 innings of the doubleheader, was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
In Game 1, Davies homered for the Panthers, leading off the second inning with his first homer of the season, but the Eagles capitalized on defensive miscues to score three unearned runs in the 7-2 victory.
With the game tied at 2-2 afer four innings, the Eagles scored two unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead, and then scored two more in the sixth, including one run on a wild pitch.