Georgia State Athletics

02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 22:21

Walk-Off Win in Stromdahl Debut

ATLANTA -- homered, drove in three runs and scored the winning run on walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Georgia State a 9-8 Opening Day victory over Cincinnati in the debut for head coach at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Cincinnati (0-1) broke a 6-6 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth, but the Panthers tied the game in the bottom half by scoring two runs on wild pitches to force extra innings.

After freshman left-hander (1-0) pitched a rare immaculate inning in the top of the 10th, striking out the side on nine pitches, Merejo smacked a one-out double in the bottom of the 10th. With two outs, Deas hit the 2-2 pitch through the infield on the right side and Merejo raced home second and slid safety for the victory.

'It was an unbelievable test of will. I love our guys and how they went about their business,' Stromdahl said after his first game as the GSU head coach. 'That's a very good Cincinnati team, but we did a very good job of controlling ourselves in big moments, and I'm just so happy for our guys.'

Georgia State (1-0) outhit the Bearcats 13-6. The Panthers rallied from early 5-1 deficit to take a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning, but Cincinnati tied the game with a run in the seventh.

Catcher drove in the Panthers' first run of 2020 with an RBI-single in the second inning that scored , who doubled, and tied the game at 1-1.

Cincinnati took the lead with four runs in the third, aided by a pair of GSU errors, but the Panthers responded immediately on Merejo's two-run blast to cut the deficit to 5-3 after three.

led off the Georgia State fifth with a walk, and then Merejo ripped a double over the left fielder's head, scoring Griffin from first and bringing the Panthers within one.

followed with a single and moved to second on the throw to put runners at second and third, and then freshman tied the game with an RBI-groundout.

With two outs, Gallman delivered again, dropping a single into right field to bring home Smith for a 6-5 lead. The GSU catcher was 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI.

The Bearcats managed to tie the game with a run in the seventh on two infield hits and a fielder's choice. In the ninth, Cincinnati scored on an infield single and a sacrifice fly to take an 8-6 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, UC left fielder Joey Wiemer came on to pitch and issued back to back walks to Deas and Smith. Mize bunted them over, and then both runners scored on wild pitches.

GSU junior right-hander did not figure in the decision but turned in a strong relief outing with 3.2 hitless, scoreless innings to allow the Panthers to mount their comeback.

Georgia State continues the Atlanta Challenge Saturday, hosting St. John's at 2 p.m.