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Strong fifth inning highlights UGA's rout of Panthers

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ATHENS, Ga. - The 14th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Georgia State Panthers 16-1 in front of 2,882 spectators at Foley Field.

"Ben Anderson set the tone for us tonight," said Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. "The momentum shifted in a hurry, and I thought we had some really good at bats throughout the night. We kept putting pressure on offensively. Tonight, we were able to throw a lot of guys, and they were fresh because our starting pitching was really good this past weekend on the road in winning the Alabama series."

Georgia's (29-12) 16 runs came on 15 hits. The Bulldogs were led by a 3-for-3, three-RBI performance by Chaney Rogers, a 2-for-4, four-RBI night by Garrett Blaylock, and a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance by Parks Harber, while eight Bulldogs notched one hit apiece.

On the mound, Garrett Brown went one scoreless inning giving up a hit and a pair of walks. In relief, Chandler Marsh earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of work, giving up one hit with four strikeouts. Luke Wagner went 1.2 scoreless innings, fanning two Panthers. Max DeJong went one scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts, Michael Polk went one inning giving up one run on one hit with three strikeouts. Coleman Willis went one scoreless inning, Shane Marshall went .1 innings with a strikeout, while Bryce Melear closed out the game with a of strikeout.

Georgia State (24-17) right-handed pitcher, Duncan Lutz (2-1) was tabbed with the loss. He went 1.2 inning giving up five runs on five hits with one strikeout. In relief, Chad Treadway went 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, Brandon Kaminer went one scoreless inning giving up one hit wit a strikeout, Rafael Acosta lasted .1 inning giving up five runs on three hits with a strikeout, Seth Clark went .2 innings giving up one run on one hit. Micah Earwood went one scoreless inning giving up two hits, Trent Reddick went one inning giving up one run on one hit, while David White closed out the game with two runs on three hits.

The Bulldogs struck first with one run in the opening frame, courtesy of a leadoff home run by Ben Anderson. This marked the seventh home run of the season for Anderson and the third time he's led off a game with one, doing it in the season opener against Albany and game one against Florida.

Georgia added four runs in the second inning. With runners on first and second Cole Wagner singled to center field, scoring one run. UGA plated the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Garrett Blaylock. With runners on the corners, Cory Acton striped an RBI single to center field to plate the third run, while Connor Tate singled to center field to score the fourth and final run of the inning, giving the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.In the fifth inning, Georgia added seven runs. With the bases loaded, Blaylock striped a single to left field, scoring two runs. Next up, with runners on the corners, Rogers hits a three-run homer run to right field top give the Bulldogs a 10 run lead. With two outs, Anderson scored on a fielding error by the third baseman, while Harber plated a run on a RBI double down the left field line to give UGA a 12-0 edge.

Georgia State broke the Georgia shutout in the seventh inning, plating a run one a bases loaded wild pitch. In the bottom on the inning, Harber unleashed on a fastball, sending a solo shot run to deep right center field. Georgia added three more runs in the eighth on a Blaylock RBI double, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly Buddy Floyd for the final.

Georgia will return to SEC play on the road, with a three-game series against No. 22 LSU starting Friday. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET (SECN+).