ATLANTA (April 12, 2011) - After picking up one of the biggest road series wins in school history, the Georgia State baseball team (25-9) returns home for a Wednesday matchup against Alabama State (11-16) at 5 p.m. at the Field at Panthersville.
Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes for donation, as new Georgia State men's basketball coach Ron Hunter will be on hand to collect them for Samaritan's Feet, a non-profit organization that provides new shoes to underprivileged children around the world. One Panther fan will have a chance to win an autographed basketball with their donation. The group encourages children's shoe sizes 10-4.
Hunter will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of Wednesday's game and will briefly join the game's radio broadcast on WRAS-FM 88.5, which begins at 4:45 p.m.
Georgia State enters Wednesday's game as one of CollegeBaseballInsider.com's "Teams of the Week" after having won its first-ever series against Colonial Athletic Association leader James Madison this past weekend. The Panthers took two of three games from the Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va., and Sunday's dramatic 9-6 win made this year's Panther squad the fastest in school history to reach 25 wins.
"(That success) goes a long way and it will help us with our confidence going forward," head coach Greg Frady said following the weekend.
Wednesday's matchup with Alabama State is the second this season, as the Panthers won 14-4 on March 15. Mark Micowski led GSU in the win by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, making the Panthers a perfect 16-0 all-time against the Hornets.
GSU is 18-3 this season at the Field at Panthersville and 14-1 in non-conference home games.
True freshman Sam Agnew-Wieland (1-0, 2.84) will get his second career start against the Hornets Wednesday, having earned a win over Mercer last week with five strong innings for his first career victory.
Senior outfielder Brett Maxwell has torched non-conference opponents this season for a .483 batting average and 42 total bases, including eight doubles and two home runs. He now has a team-high 13 doubles on the year.
Fellow senior Ryan Fleming has homered five times in GSU's last six games, and now ranks third in the CAA with 11 long balls on the season.
The Panthers' 275 runs scored this season place them fourth in the NCAA. GSU also ranks in the top five nationally in hits (369), walks (211), total bases (565), on-base percentage (.434) and on-base-plus slugging (.923). Georgia State and Georgia Tech share the national lead with 86 doubles on the year.
Fans can listen to Wednesday's WRAS-FM broadcast online by accessing the station's web site and selecting "Basic PC Streaming".
Tickets for all home games can be purchased by calling 1-866-GA-STATE or by going online to GeorgiaStateSports.com. GSU students are admitted free to all home games.