The score of the box
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. –Tenacity was in the spotlight this afternoon as Kennesaw State baseball earned an 8-2 win over UNF inside Harmon Stadium. The Owls (26-17, 14-6 ASUN Conference) scored six runs in their last two at bats to tie the series against the Ospreys (17-26, 7-13 ASUN) with the rubber game scheduled for 1:00 p.m. . tomorrow.
With two out in the eighth, At Tyler Simon’s the slide was just in time to beat the UNF catcher’s pitch to score on a wild pitch and give KSU a 3-2 lead. UNF would threaten in the bottom half, but Smith Finch recorded a huge strikeout with runners in the corners to preserve the KSU advantage.
The Owls added five runs in the top of the ninth on six hits and one walk. The offense ended with 11 in total on the day and saw four starters post multi-hit performances.
John Bezdicek made his 11th start on the mound for the KSU pitching staff. The southpaw tied a season high with six innings pitched and recorded his fourth quality start. Bezdicek allowed two runs on five hits and was credited with a no decision.
The KSU starting pitcher struck out nine in a row, from the first inning to the fourth. He also hit five consecutive batters during that streak.
Pinson (4-2) entered in the seventh and launched the final three frames. The freshman was credited with the victory and gave up no points while taking out four. Pinson lowered his ERA to a team best 3.10 and currently leads the Owls with 64 total strikeouts.
Young Cash made an impact in the middle of the KSU lineup. The third baseman went 2 for 5 on the flat with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Young currently leads the Owls with 42 RBIs.
Silver Donovan posted a 2-for-5 afternoon and is now tied for the team lead in multi-hit games with 18. The first baseman drove in a run and scored once in the win. With his RBI in the ninth, Cash has posted a total of 11 in his last seven starts.
Zac Corbin led the Owls with two RBIs in the contest. The outfielder finished 2 for 4 and walked. Corbin scored his fourth game of the year with multiple RBIs and currently leads the team with 24 total walks.
Nick Colina had a productive day in all seven places. The outfielder went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Colina recorded her sixth multi-hit game and holds an impressive .400 OBP this season.
Josh Hatcher, Hudson Mimbs and Spencer Hansen all finished with one hit each. Hatcher scored a run while Mimbs recorded an RBI in the win. Hanson has scored a hit in six of his last seven starts.
Kennesaw State broke the scoreless tie in the sixth. Young ripped a two-out double to left field and went third on a field single to Cash. With a 3-0 count against Corbin, Young sprinted home when a wild pitch escaped the UNF catcher. This put the Owls up 1-0 and gave the team their first series lead.
After the wild pitch, the Ospreys headed to the bullpen to take on Mimbs. On the third pitch of his at-bat, the KSU infielder cut a line drive that went just over the UNF second baseman’s jumping effort to score Cash and extend lead at 2-0.
North Florida fought back in the bottom half and tied the game on a two-run homer from Abraham Sequera. The long ball marked the fifth of the year for the UNF third baseman.
The Owls compiled six runs over the last two innings to retire with an 8-2 victory.
KSU is back in action tomorrow for the finale of its ASUN Lecture Series with the University of North Florida. The first pitch of the rubber game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. inside Harmon Stadium.