Wilmington, N.C.- Five different Panthers belted hits, including a
two-run double by Bryan Condotta, but Georgia State was eliminated from the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Friday with a 7-3 loss to Old Dominion (29-25) at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C.
The Panthers' record-setting season likely comes to an end with an
overall record of 37-21, the second-highest winning percentage in school history. GSU was one of just two schools to reach the four-team CAA Tournament in three straight seasons.
Senior Charley Olson tossed five innings in his final start in a
Panther uniform Friday, allowing six runs on 10 hits. He struck out
three batters and did not allow a walk.
Senior catcher-turned-designated hitter Carter Sackett ended his GSU
career by leading the Panthers with two hits and a run scored against
Old Dominion starter Ben Tomchick, who earned the victory with a
The Panthers fell behind in the first inning, 3-0, after a two-run
triple by Chris Baker, who later scored on an RBI groundout.
An RBI double in the second inning by Brandon Shelton, followed by an
RBI single by Brent Frazier, extended the Panthers' deficit to 5-0.
Georgia State trimmed the margin to 5-3 with a three-run bottom of the second. With one out in the inning, Sackett continued his hot hitting with a single to right field. After a strikeout, senior Aaron Schmitz followed with a single of his own through the right side to push Sackett to second. Condotta then stepped to the plate and ripped a two-run double into the left field corner, scoring both Panther runners. Condotta came home to score on a ground ball by the next batter, Mark Micowski, as a throwing error by Monarchs shortstop Josh Wright went past the first baseman Baker.
The Monarchs added another run in the fifth inning on Shawn
Sizemore's RBI single, making the score 6-3.
Junior Nick Squeglia took over for Olson on the mound for GSU in the
sixth and promptly struck out four Monarchs over three scoreless innings to keep the Panthers within striking distance.
The Panthers put the leadoff man aboard in the eighth inning off
Tomchick as Shane Hammond reached first on a throwing error. After a strikeout, Brandon Williams pushed a single through the right side to give the Panthers runners on first and second, but Ryan Fleming and Sackett struck out to end the threat.
All-CAA third team pitcher Jake Dyer took the mound for the Panthers in the ninth, allowing the Monarchs' final run on an RBI single, making it 7-3.
Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Panthers could
not muster a comeback and were retired in order, with Condotta's foul out down the right field line ending their 2011 CAA Tournament
Olson was tagged with the loss to finish with a 5-6 record on the year, having won 10 games in his two-year Panther career with 139 total strikeouts.
Squeglia added one of his best performances of the season Friday in
lowering his season ERA below three at 2.98, finishing with 45
strikeouts on the year in 45.1 innings.
Dyer's 22 games finished on the season rank him second in school
Sackett ended the season with 12 hits over the team's final six
Georgia State's 37-21 record in 2011 featured 17 conference wins,
tying last year's Panther squad for the most in a single season.