March 18, 2012
Over? Did you say Over?
By Sean Ryan
Down 10 runs entering the bottom of the ninth
inning Friday, Georgia State coach Greg Frady (left) never could have
envisioned what was about to happen.
His Panthers had done little right in their CAA
opener against Northeastern. He’d cleared most of his bench.
And, the reality of it was, his team was down 12-2.
Georgia State improbably rallied for 11 runs – 10
of them coming after two were out – in a remarkable 13-12
“The probability of us to win the game was worse
than us winning the lottery,” Frady said Saturday.
Frady said he’d seen a number of comebacks and
been involved in some seven- or eight-run comebacks. This one
was more remarkable, considering the Panthers struck out to open
the inning and were still down 12-3 when they were down to their
One by one, Georgia State hitters kept reaching.
A wild pitch scored one, bases-loaded walks scored two, RBI
singles scored five (the second of Greg Bowder’s ninth-inning
singles scored two runs) to make it 12-10.
“It was just like the energy in the dugout was:
Just get it to the next guy,” Frady said. “I kept hearing that
over and over.”
Alex Prescott, who had three at-bats all season,
walked early in the inning and came up again down two with
runners on first and second. Frady had a decision to make. He
could use his last remaining position player, speedster Gabe
Shivers, to hit against sidearmer Mike Hanlon, or stick with
Prescott. He “rolled the dice” and put his fastest runner in as
a pinch-runner at first, thinking he could score on a double.
Prescott’s first career hit was a double that
tied the game at 12. Kody Adams then ripped a single to deep
right field to score Prescott and cap the miracle comeback.
“It was an amazing game,” Frady said. “I guess
I’ll never see another game like this.”
While it wasn’t quite like it, the Panthers
rallied from four runs down in the final three innings to beat
the Huskies 9-8 on Saturday before falling in the finale 13-4
Close games are the norm for Georgia State
(9-12). The Panthers, who own a win over Georgia Tech, have
played seven games decided by one run and another seven decided
by two or three runs.
(photos courtesy of Georgia State Media Relations Office)