The Panthers Gets Coach Frady 500th Win And Took Two Out Of Three

Atlanta- Georgia State Panthers took the first two games of a three-game series this weekend against the Northern Kentucky Norse. The Panthers improved to a 6-4 record on the young season.

The series began with starting pitcher Bryce Conley who helped himself to a 2-1 record on the year. Conley got off to a rocky start in which he allowed four runs in the first three innings. He was able get on track by retiring the next 12 of 14 batters that he faced. He went seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits with six strike outs and no walks.

Conley got help from the redshirt senior Cam Sperry. He homered to deep right center to jumpstart a six-run seventh inning. With the blast he drove in two and had a total of four runs for the game which was a career high for the Acworth native. It was Sperry first homer of the season.

The Panthers also got contributions from Jarrett Hood who was called upon to pitch hit in the seventh. He delivered a solo home run. It was his first of the season. Hood’s hit gave GSU a 7-4 lead. 

Also in the seventh the Panthers had the bases loaded. Romero Greer singled in a run that gave the GSU a 9-4 lead. Sperry delivered on bases loaded walk with which brought in the final run of the game to make the score 10-4.

Reliever Rhett Harper closed the door by recording the final five outs of the game.

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Northern Kentucky starter Trey Ganns allowed just three the runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Ganns had the lead when he was relived by pitcher Joe Martin who ended up taking the loss (1-1) on the year.

On Saturday we witness a milestone as Panthers head coach Greg Frady achieved his 500 career victory as the Panthers took down the Norse 12-4.

Hunter Gaddis the 6’4 freshman out of Canton, Georgia made his first start for GSU. Showing no jitters, Gaddis threw four scoreless innings. He struck out seven and allowed only three hits and two walks in the game.

Right handed pitcher Tanner Thomson got his first win of the year by replacing Gaddis. Thomson was able to keep the momentum going as he produced 3.1 scoreless allowing one hit and striking out four. Thompson was able to pitch with a heavy heart dealing with the passing of his grandfather.  

Devin Cainer got into the act as well as he added two strikeouts and a scoreless ninth. Georgia State’s pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts for the day.

The bats remained hot for the Panthers. Every starter had at least one hit led by senior Ryan Blanton three hits. Shortstop Justin Jones went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Romero Greer continued his hot start to the season by recording two more hits on the day. This help improved his batting average to .500 for the year. Freshman Terrell Frazier, from Westlake high school in Atlanta, displayed his power by belting a three-run homer which was his first on the year.

The Norse only offense came in the fifth inning where they scored all four of their runs. They only managed two more base runners the rest of the game.

Sunday the series finale saw the Panthers suffer their first home loss of the season 8-7. GSU found themselves down 7-0 before finally waking up in the bottom of the fifth. They scored five runs in the inning leading off with six straight hits. The Panthers scored two more runs off of a single and sacrifice ground ball.

Darius Sewell hit a right field triple then Payton Mann singled up the middle for an RBI. Blanton came up with a two RBI triple down the right field line. Both teams scored in the seventh. The comeback attempt fell just short as they scored again in the ninth to make it an 8-7 ball game as Ryan Blanton had a sacrifice fly.

Left hander Northern Kentucky pitcher Charlie Jerger earned his first win of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits and three strikeouts.

The Panthers Ryan Blanton and Jarrett Hood continue their hot ways as both of them drove in two runs each. Another bright spot for the Panthers was Romero Greer who went 3-for-4 to raise his Sun Belt conference leading batting average to .531.

GSU will be back in action on Tuesday when they face off against number #9 ranked Ole Miss on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.ET and Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on the SEC Network for viewers. The games will be played at Oxford-University Stadium/Swaze Field.


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