DECATUR, Ga. –Ashby Smith and Garrett Jones each collected three of Presbyterian’s 17 hits on Wednesday night, and the Blue Hose finished off a 13-4 victory over Georgia State with eight runs in the eighth inning.
Every player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. Jonathan White and Johnny Cookeach had a pair of hits. White produced his 15th multi-hit game of the season, and Cook his 12th. Presbyterian (24-25) got the bats going quickly in the first inning as Smith lined a single up the middle to score Rasberry and take the early 1-0 lead.
The Blue Hose extended it with a two-run single off the bat of Cook to take a 3-0 lead after a half an inning.
Georgia State (14-35) got on the board in the second with a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Guimbarda started the scoring in the eighth for PC with a ground-rule double that scored two before an RBI single from Smith pushed the lead to 8-3. Presbyterian used an RBI double from Marcelli to make it 9-3 before a two-run single from Varga gave the Blue Hose an 11-3 lead. Jones added an RBI single before a sacrifice fly from Livingston capped the eight-run frame.
The mound was something of a revolving door as 11 pitchers toiled for the two teams. Blue Hose starter Matt Norton (2-0) was the winner with relief help from Luke Matthews, Colton Springs, Payton Phelps and Jeremiah Boyd. Joseph Brandon (1-5) took the loss with five more hurlers to follow.
Chase Frady, Luke Leonard and Rhett Harper homered for the Panthers.
The Blue Hose return to Big South play on Friday night as they travel to Longwood to open a three-game series with the Lancers. First pitch on Friday is set for 5 p.m.