Seventh-inning surge sends Georgia State past Georgia

Georgia blanked Georgia State for six innings before giving up three runs in the top of the seventh and falling 3-2 on Wednesday at Foley Field.

Four Bulldog pitchers had combined to blank the Panthers until the top of the seventh inning when Georgia State’s Chris Triplett singled to centerfield.

Starter Luke Crumley and Ross Ripple pitched two innings each and combined for three strikeouts while Mike Mancuso and Dylan Cole pitched one hitless inning each.

The Panthers (5-3) got a strong start from Kenny Anderson, who pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out four to earn his first win.

David Sosebee (0-1) was credited with the loss for Georgia after allowing two hits and three runs, with two hit batsmen.

“We pitched pretty well except for the one inning and I know David Sosebee is going to bounce back from that. He’s one of the toughest kids on this team, if not the toughest,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “You have to credit Georgia State. They pitched well and hung in there and broke through in the seventh. Bottom line, we’re disappointed, and we have to find a way to score more runs.”

The Bulldogs (2-6) used eight pitchers during the contest, including Pete Nagel and Jared Cheek, who recorded two strikeouts each.

The Bulldogs got on the board quickly by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Georgia’s first three batters each got on base to start the game, as Stephen Wrenn delivered a leadoff single and then advanced to second as Nelson Ward was hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, Hunter Cole singled into left field to bring in Wrenn and record his seventh RBI of the season.

The Panthers broke up the no-hitter in the top of the seventh on Triplett’s single, which was followed by a Nic Wilson double off of the center field wall. Sosebee then hit consecutive Panthers at the plate to bring in the tying run and keep the bases loaded with no outs.

Jarrett Brown was called in to relieve Sosebee and help get the Bulldogs out of the jam, but allowed the Panthers to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Joey Roach.

A single by Greg Bowder in the next at-bat loaded the bases again and Chase Raffield was able to score on a Ryan Blanton ground out, putting Georgia State up 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh inning — with runners on first and second and two outs — Anderson was able to force Ward to hit a ground ball to second that caused an errant throw by Georgia State’s Chad Prain allowed Welton to cut Georgia State’s lead to 3-2.

Georgia hosts to Binghamton for a three-game weekend series in Athens. Game One begins at 5 p.m. Friday.

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