It was a rough day for the Georgia State Panthers Wednesday evening as their season came to an end, falling to the Georgia Southern Eagles 10-1. The Panthers were able to generate seven hits in the game but only gained one run thanks to a great Eagles bullpen.

With the loss, the Panthers finished the season .500 in the Sun-Belt while playing one of the toughest non-conference games in the nation. They also managed to steal an upset victory against Louisiana-Monroe Tuesday in the tournament while player 20 plus freshman and sophomores all season.

Panthers head coach Brad Stromdahl was proud of his teams effort this season and is anxious to see what they’ll do in the future.

“It’s never easy to finish the season but I feel very comfortable with where we are going and have been for the future,” said Stromdahl.

“[We] want to continue that legacy,” Stromdahl said as he referred to starting and playing true freshman in the tournament.

The Panthers were the ones who scored first in the game. Catcher Blaine Marchman hit a solo homerun in the third inning to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles responded in that inning with a three run homer by Steven Curry to take the early momentum from the Panthers and lead 3-1 at the end of the inning.

In the fourth inning, the Eagles continued to pour it on as they added three more runs to increase their lead to 6-1. They were aided by two Panthers errors in the inning.

Opportunities to get more runs were there for the Panthers but great pitching by Eagles right handed pitcher Tyler Owens kept the Panthers in check.

After the Eagles added one run in the fifth inning, the Panthers continued to battle and keep themselves in the game. The eighth inning is where the Panthers had a chance to add a run by first baseman Ryan Glass tried to steal for third base but was thrown out, ending the eighth inning.

Nick Jones came in to close in the bottom of the eighth but retired all three Panthers while allowing only two hits.

Curry finished the game 3-5 with four RBI, two runs and one homerun as the Eagles will play in the semifinals Friday.

Photo: Anfernee Patterson/The Atlanta Voice

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