Georgia State (4-2) picked up its first win against an SEC opponent since
1994, and first ever against Tennessee, as the Panthers defeated the
Volunteers 13-8 in game one of a doubleheader at Panthersville Sunday.
Tennessee (2-1) earned the doubleheader split by taking game two 4-3 in 10
In game one, the Panthers collected 14 hits, including a pair of home runs
by freshman Josh Vandiver and a solo blast by junior Chad Smith, as they
posted a seven-run fourth and a five-run fifth to take a 13-1 lead over the
Panthers senior starter Josh Perry (2-0) cruised into the seventh allowing
only four hits and a single run in the fourth. However, four straight Vols
reached base to start the inning, forcing Georgia State to counter with
junior transfer Brian Jones.
All four Tennessee players would come around to score before Jones could
end the Volunteer rally with the Panthers holding an eight-run lead.
The Vols responded once again in the eighth, scoring three runs off Jones,
to close the Panther lead to five. After Saturday's marathon game with the
Vols, Georgia State head coach Mike Hurst was forced to stay with Jones,
who responded by setting the Vols down in order in the ninth to pick up his
first career save.
Perry picked up the win, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking
Steve Daniel went 3-for-5 for the Vols.
Game two got off to an auspicious start for the Vols, who scored three, two
earned, in the top of the first. However, the Panthers answered with a run
in the bottom of the inning on a Scott Youngbauer RBI single, and the score
stood at 3-1 after one.
Georgia State starter Ryan Patrylo settled down from there, holding the
Vols scoreless over the next seven innings. With Patrylo in command, State
chipped into the Volunteers' lead with a fifth-inning solo shot by senior
Jonathan Paden, and an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the
score at three.
Georgia State junior Steven Kidd came on in relief of Patrylo to start the
ninth, as both teams' high-powered offenses were held in check. However,
the Vols broke through in the top of the 10th on a one-out sacrifice fly by
Brandon Hopkins to take a 4-3 lead.
The Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning
before Tennessee reliever Jeremy Brown induced a pop-up to first, and
rightfielder Justin Parker ran down a Scott Youngbauer blast at the wall to
end the game. Brown (1-0) picked up the victory for the Vols, while Kidd
(0-1) took the hard-luck loss for the Panthers.
Tennessee returns to action this weekend in the Franklin Life Classic in
Charleston, S.C., against Richmond, Old Dominion and The Citadel.
Baseball Vols win one, lose one
Published: Tue Feb 16, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:45 p.m.