Atlanta, GA - Hofstra scored four times in the seventh inning to break an 8-8 tie and snapped a four-game losing skid with a 12-9 victory over Georgia State Saturday afternoon. The Panthers had come back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning.
The Pride improved to 24-25 overall and 9-14 in Colonial Athletic Association play with the win while Georgia State slipped to 33-19, 12-11 in the CAA.
Hofstra’s winning rally was started by an infield hit from Jared Hammer. Robbie Cafiero followed with a single that moved Hammer up 90 feet. Kevin Brantley then delivered a double that scored the go-ahead run and sent Cafiero to third. Two batters later, TJ Ehrsam singled to third base to drive in Cafiero and put runners on the corners. Following a pitching change, Austin Nyman reached on a bunt single to drive in Brantley and Ehrsam hustled all the way to third on the play. Joe Perez capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 12-8 in favor of the Pride.
The Panthers would score a run in the ninth to account for the final score.
After the Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first courtesy of a Chad Prain home run, Hofstra erupted for six runs in the top of the second. Bryan Verbitsky had an RBI single in his first at-bat in nearly two months, while Ehrsam delivered a two-run single. Kenny Jackson added an RBI double, while Perez had a run-scoring single in the inning as well.
Chris Triplett homered off Pride starter Joe Burg in the second to cut the Hofstra lead to four, 6-2, before the Pride responded with single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a six-run lead, 8-2. Verbitsky had an RBI ground out in the third and Jackson led off the fourth with his eighth home run of the year.
But the Panthers stormed back in the fifth with six runs. Prain drove in a pair of runs with a double and came in on a double from Chase Raffield. That ended Burg’s day as Chris Harkey came on in relief and allowed a walk and a bunt single before Triplett cleared the bases with a double of his own to knot the score.
John Tiedemann picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief to improve to 2-5 on the year. The senior allowed four hits and struck out four batters.
The Pride picked up 17 hits on the afternoon with Cafiero and Brantley each collecting three hits. Ehrsam had three RBIs on the day to go along with two hits and two runs scored. Jackson, Perez and Verbitsky each drove in a pair of runs, while Hammer scored three times.
Prain and Raffield both had four hits to pace the Panthers offense. Prain had three RBIs on the afternoon and Triplett had a game-high four. Aidan McLaughlin (1-4) took the loss in relief for Georgia State after allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings.
The rubber game in the series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon with first pitch at 1 p.m.