The Kennesaw State Owls baseball team defeated Alabama 4-2 on Monday in Tallahassee, making them the first team in 21 years to win a baseball regional in its debut. That just might be the most awesome thing we’ve heard all week! Way to go, guys!
Despite using a patchwork pitching lineup due to the team playing its fourth game in four days, The Owls (40-24) pulled out of several jams to secure the victory. Jordan Hillyer pitched 2 1/3 innings, James Connell followed with 2 2/3 more, Travis Bergen, named the region’s most outstanding player, allowed one hit in 3 1/3 and Justin McCalvin wiggled out of a jam in the ninth to finish the game.
After falling a bit behind initially, The Owls quickly responded with some good old fashioned small ball to trim the lead and seal the win. The win advances the Owls to this weekend’s super regional, a best-of-three series, where they will face the Louisville Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville.
On Tuesday, the Owls received the highest national ranking in program history in the NCAA Division I era. Following the Tallahassee Regional championship, Collegiate Baseball placed the Owls at #12 in their latest poll moving The Owls moved up 15 spots from number 27 in last week’s poll. KSU is the only ranked Atlantic Sun team as well as the highest ranked to come out of the state of Georgia. The team has won 26 of their last 27 games.
We’re so proud of the Owls and we can’t wait to see them take on Louisville this weekend. We’re wishing them the best of luck (not that they need it)!