Brendan Butler had two hits for the Tigers.
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Brendan Butler had two hits for the Tigers.
| @Towson_BASE Falls In Series Finale At GSU
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 05/05/2013
ATLANTA, Ga. – Junior leftfielder Chris Triplett had three hits and drove in three runs as Georgia State University (32-17, 11-10) completed a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series sweep over the Tigers (22-25, 11-10) with a 9-3 victory over the Tigers in the final game of their weekend series at the Georgia State Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers, who improved to 22-5 at home, swept a doubleheader from the Tigers on Friday afternoon.

Junior lefthander Andrew Fessler held the Tigers to three runs on five hits over seven innings to earn the win. He walked five and had two strikeouts. Aiden McLaughlin allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

Triplett’s three-run homer in the seventh inning was the biggest hit of the game. It gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles drew a walk and stole second base. After he reached third base on a passed ball, junior shortstop Hunter Bennett walked. When junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono hit into a force play, Bowles scored the first run of the game. However, the Tigers missed out on a chance to score more runs when Fratantuono was picked off by Fessler. When sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler singled, the play loomed even larger. Senior catcher Andrew Parker was retired on a fly ball to end the threat.

In the bottom of the third, freshman catcher Joey Roach led off with a single. When freshman centerfielder Josh Merrigan doubled to right, Roach scored the tying run. But, junior righthander Brandon Gonnella struck out shortstop Chad Prain for the first out. Then, he retired designated hitter Chase Raffield on a ground ball to second base. He escaped the jam when he retired second baseman Caden Bailey on a fly ball to centerfield.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two out single by third baseman Matt Rose. After he stole second base, Roach drew a walk. Once again, Merrigan came through with an RBI single to put Georgia State ahead. Prain was retired on a fly ball to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, the Tigers grabbed a 3-2 lead. Junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald led off with a single to right before junior designated hitter Kurt Wertz drew a walk. A double by Bowles to left centerfield enabled Fitzgerald to score the tying run. When Bennett grounded out, Wertz put the Tigers ahead when he scored from third base.However, Fratantuono lined into a double play to end the rally.

Trailing by 3-2, the Panthers wasted very little time regaining the lead. Triplett led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to left. Senior rightfielder Mark Hogan followed with a two-run homer to right, putting Georgia State ahead, 4-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers added to their lead.

With one out, first baseman Nic Wilson doubled. After a walk to Bailey, junior lefthander Kyle Paul was greeted by a three-run homer by Triplett to give the Panthers a 7-3 lead.

Georgia State added another run in the eighth inning when Merrigan tripled and scored on an RBI single by Prain.

The Panthers outhit Towson, 16-6. Merrigan had four hits and drove in a pair of runs while Triplett had three hits and three RBI’s. Prain and Hogan each had a pair of hits.

Butler led the Tigers with two hits.

The Tigers return to Schuerholz Park on Wednesday afternoon when they host Delaware State.

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