Tyler Austin earned a win with five scoreless innings.
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Tyler Austin earned a win with five scoreless innings.
| @Towson_BASE Drops Two Of Three To Georgia St.
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/21/2012

TOWSON, Md. – Leftfielder Jonathan Kolowich had four hits and drove in three runs as Georgia State (18-24, 9-9) handed the Tigers (20-20, 10-8) a 14-5 loss in the third and final game of the teams’ three-game Colonial Athletic Association weekend series at John B. Schuerholz Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers won the completion of Friday’s suspended game as they beat the Panthers, 11-1.

Kolowich, who homered twice in the win, gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead when he blasted a home run in the second inning. After the Tigers tied the scored in the bottom of the third on an unearned run, Kolowich homered again in the fourth inning for a 2-1 advantage. Georgia State increased its lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning as Scott Surratt led off with a home run. Then, shortstop Carden Bailey reached base on an infield single and scored an unearned run.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers cut their deficit to 4-3 when first baseman Brendan Butler walked and junior Zach Fisher doubled him home. Another double by sophomore Pat Fitzgerald drove in Fisher.

With the Panthers clinging to a 4-3 edge, they exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning. Surratt led off the inning with a solo homer. After Georgia State loaded the bases with one out, senior designated hitter Joey Wood blasted a grand slam home run down the left field line to put Georgia State up, 10-3. The Panthers added two more runs to grab a 12-3 lead and coasted to a 14-5 win.

After being held to four hits in the second game of the series, Georgia State erupted for 18 hits in the series finale.

In the second game of the weekend, senior righthander Tyler Austin came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings and lead the Tigers to an 11-1 victory over Georgia State in the completion of their suspended game.

After losing the series opener, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as they scored an unearned run. Sophomore leftfielder Kurt Wertz reached on an error before freshman Peter Bowles sacrificed him to second base. When sophomore Zach Fisher singled, Wertz advanced to third base. He scored the first run of the game when freshman Brendan Butler grounded into a force play.

Sophomore righthander Brandon Gonnella shut out the Panthers in the first two innings. Austin relieved him in the third inning and dominated Georgia State for five innings. He allowed only one hit during his five innings and struck out a career high 10 batters. He also walked two.

The Tigers extended their lead in the sixth inning with an unearned run. They added three more runs in the seventh when Bowles hit a two-run homer and Hunter Bennett had an RBI double.

The game was suspended after the seventh inning on Friday evening and resumed this morning.

The Tigers broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth as they scored six runs to increase their lead to 11-0. An RBI double by Parker made it 6-0 before Bowles hit a two-run double. Butler added a run-scoring single.

Georgia State avoided the shutout by scoring a run in the ninth inning.

By winning two of three games, Georgia State moved into sixth place in the CAA standings, one game behind Towson. The Panthers came into the series with a 1-13 road record but took two out of three road games.

The Tigers, who are now 12-5 at Schuerholz Park, return to action on Tuesday when they host Maryland at 3:00 p.m.

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