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Georgia State Baseball: Midweek Test at Long-Time Rival Mercer
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Georgia State Baseball: Midweek Test at Long-Time Rival Mercer

Georgia State travels to Mercer for a midweek test Wednesday at 6 p.m. at OrthoGeorgia Park, a game will air on American Sports Network and ESPN3/WatchESPN. The two teams will then conclude their annual home-and-home series next Tuesday, April 11, at Georgia State.

Senior center fielder Ryan Blanton has a team-leading five homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Six of Blanton’s 20 career home runs have led off a game, including two this season vs. Marshall on Opening Day and Coastal Carolina last weekend.

Freshman pitcher Hunter Gaddis, a 6-5 right-hander who has earned a spot in the weekend rotation, leads the team with a 3-2 record and a 3.50 ERA.

Gaddis took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 2-1 victory over UT Arlington on March 18.

The Panther pitching staff held No. 14 Ole Miss to one run on six hits in 19 innings in their two-game series split. Six different Panther hurlers threw in the series.

Shortstop Justin Jones, the Panthers’ leading hitter at .300, has two game-winning hits. In the March 8 win at No. 14 Ole Miss, Jones delivered a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning for the 2-0 victory. On March 18 in a 1-1 game vs. UT Arlington, he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth and GSU won 2-1.

Catcher Nick Gatewood is one of the Panthers’ hottest hitters, going 7-for-17 with six RBI in the last five games.

Georgia State’s 2017 schedule is perhaps the most ambitious in school history. The 2017 slate includes four different Power Five opponents and 13 games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, including a home series with Coastal Carolina, the defending national champions and the newest member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Eleventh-year head coach Greg Frady earned his 500th college coaching victory in the Panthers’ 12-4 victory over Northern Kentucky on March 4. Frady now has 318 wins at Georgia State, plus 187 wins at North Florida C.C. (1991-96) for a total of 505.

Frady is Georgia State’s career leader in vi

 

What You Need to Know:

* Georgia State plays at Mercer Wednesday at 6 p.m. at OrthoGeorgia Park.

* The Panthers have won three straight against Mercer.

* The game will be televised by American Sports Network and available on ESPN3/WatchESPN.

 

COVERAGE

Televised on ASN and ESPN3/WatchESPN. Audio on GeorgiaStateSports.com.

 

RECORDS

Georgia State: 11-17 Overall, 1-8 Sun Belt Conference (7-8 Home, 2-7 Away, 2-2 Neutral)

Mercer:  24-6 Overall, 5-1 Southern Conference (14-3 Home, 10-3 Away)

 

PROBABLE PITCHERS

GSU: RHP Tyler Elwer, R-Jr. (1-1, 7.56) vs. Mercer: TBA

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