Owls baseball loses for first time in a month

Photo by Brian Harper

Kennesaw State’s baseball team has been on fire for the last month, winning 16 consecutive games from April 6 through May 11. The Owls looked to make it 17 in a row on Tues- day night against Southern Conference leader Western Carolina, but for the first time in more than a month they did not come away with a win, falling at WCU 8-6.

KSU was up 4-0 in the fifth inning. And after the Catamounts scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, the Owls scored two more runs to give them the 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. That’s where the Cata- mounts made their move. They scored seven runs on just one hit but they also walked five times in addition to two hit batters. For the Owls, Kal Simmons and Jacob Bruce lead the offensive attack , as each had two hits. Brennan Morgan drove in three runs and Max Pentecost got a single to extend his hitting streak to 32 games. The last time the Owls had lost was back on April 5 when they split a series with none other than Western Carolina. Kennesaw State has two more regular-season games as they face North Florida on Friday and Saturday. The three-game series started on Thursday but re- sults were not available before print.


Speaking of Pentecost, it has been a very good week for the catcher. He picked up his third Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week Award and he grabbed a spot on the Gregg Olson Award Watch List on Tuesday. The award is named after former Auburn pitcher Gregg Olson, one of the top college players in the country. He was a two-time All-American, a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick, 1989 American League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 1990. The award is given to college baseball’s best “breakout” performer.

Pentecost is well on his way to becom- ing an All-American. He is batting .421 to put him on pace to break the KSU single-season record. He also has 20 doubles, 53 RBIs and eight home runs. He is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, as well, which is handed out to the nation’s best catcher. Additionally, he is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top college player.

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