DECATUR, Ga. (astateredwolves.com) – Georgia State scored four runs in the final three innings, including a walk-off single by David Levy in the bottom of the tenth inning to hand Arkansas State a 7-6 loss Saturday afternoon at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Matt Rose led off the inning with a single and Levy drove him with a single down the left field line that scored Rose for the game winning run.
The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth after Morgan Croft walked three of the four batters he faced and gave up a run on a wild pitch to make it a one run game. Colton Kibler came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to Chad Prain on the only pitch he threw in the game.
Chandler Hawkins (2-5) came in relief of Kibler and struck out Caden Bailey but then issued a walk to Chase Raffield to load the bases for Nic Wilson who hit a ball deep in the whole between shortstop and third base but Dustin Jones made a game saving play. Jones, who was moving toward left field, got to the ball and made an off-balance to throw to get Wilson by a step to send the game into extra innings.
Stuart Levy gave A-State (24-19, 13-7 SBC) the' lead with an RBI double in the eighth inning and then came around to score an infield single by Lucas Feddersen. Levy took advantage of the slowly hit ground ball and never stopped while rounding third base and slide around the tag at home after Feddersen beat out the throw at first.
Joe Schrimpf drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI double that scored Kaleb Brown, who had come in to pinch run for Feddersen.
Georgia State made things interesting after scoring a run in the eighth inning off Tyler Zuber and then Morgan Croft walked three of the four batters he faced in the ninth and gave up a run on wild pitch to make it a one run game.
Colton Kibler came on with runners on the corners and one out, but
The Red Wolves trailed 3-2 after six innings, but Dustin Jones tied the game with an RBI triple in the seventh that scored Derek Birginske.
Levy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jones also had two hits with an RBI.
A-State took an early lead on the Panthers (21-23, 7-13 SBC) after a miscue in the field moved Zach Maggio into scoring position. The senior captain reached on a single in the fourth inning and Nathan Bates made several attempts to pickoff attempt, but his final attempt sailed wide and Maggio was able to advance to third on the error with no out.
Georgia State looked as if it would get out of the inning without any damage after Bates struck out the next two batters, but Stuart Levy delivered with a 2-out single for the game's first run.
The Red Wolves added to the lead with a run in the fifth inning when Eric Wilcoxson hit his seventh double of the season. Joe Schrimpf scored on the plate after he reached on a single earlier in the inning.
Bradley Wallace was sharp through the game's first four innings and retired the side in order that included a pair of strikeouts to end the frame.
However, he ran into problems in the fifth after issuing a leadoff single to Joey Roach and threw a wild pitch to move Roach into scoring. The Panthers then put together back-to-back hits, including a double by Chris Triplett that scored the Panthers' first run.
Georgia State tied the game on an RBI groundout by Greg Bowder and took the lead on an RBI fielder's choice that resulted in a close play at the plate. Chad Prain grounded out to Wilcoxson at second, who throw home, but Triplett slide around the tag to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
The fifth was Wallace's only hiccup in the game as the senior from Rison, Ark., did not issue a walk and struck out five in seven inning of work.
Sunday's finale will begin at Noon and the game can be heard on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and in the StateZone at AStateRedWolves.com