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

out four.

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.