DECATUR, Ga. – Jacksonville University baseball struck first on the road, but struggled with execution in dropping game one to Georgia State 6-2 Friday night at the GSU Baseball Complex.
"When you go the road and you face a good arm, you have to play well," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We didn't play clean baseball."
Georgia State answered back with a double followed by an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the first. The Panthers then strung together back-to-back two out singles to take its first lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the second. JU got another run to tie it up the following half inning, when Camacho drove in Franco Guardascione from third to collect his second RBI of the day.
GSU went back on top with a solo shot to right in the fourth and never looked back, adding three more in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Gau eventually got out of the inning, but the damage had been done.
JU put the leadoff man on the final five innings of the game, but never advanced him past second.
"We had our opportunities in today's game and we just didn't play well enough," said Hayes.
Spencer Stockton relieved Gau in the seventh, and pitched the final two innings, holding the Panthers scoreless while striking out two in his 2018 debut.
The Dolphins send Tyler Santana to the mound tomorrow afternoon. The reigning ASUN Pitcher of the Week tries to even the series for Jacksonville for the second consecutive week. Santana went for a career-high seven innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win last Saturday vs. #22 West Virginia. Tomorrow's first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.