Kennesaw State graduate student Cash Young and the Owls beat the Fairfield Stags on Feb. 25th by a score of 6-5.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Young hit a sharp line drive past the Stags’ third baseman allowing the runner to score from third, which ultimately gave the Owls the win.
The game was tied 5-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. KSU came out hot as sophomore Donovan Cash led off with a single. The speedster junior Joseph Gossett would come in to pinch run for Cash.
Gossett advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Hudson Mimbs. Senior Josh Hatcher was also hit by a pitch, so this left it all up to Young. With Gossett on third, Young unleashed on the first pitch to shoot a ball down the left-field line. This pushed Gossett across home and the Owls walked off the game.
The Owls had to put together some hefty runs as they had been trailing by three runs for the majority of the game. Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the score was 5-2. The bottom of the eighth inning yielded some drama.
Mimbs was on first base when a grounder was hit by Hatcher. Mimbs was initially called out, even though the shortstop had not caught the ball. The umpire had thought that the shortstop had dropped the ball on the transfer from his glove to his hand, but after some deliberation, Mimbs was called safe.
Young then singled, loading the bases with no outs. Sophomore Zac Corbin was up to bat and hit a ground ball to third for an out, but it allowed Mimbs to score. This was then followed by a single up the middle by sophomore Nick Hassan. The Owls had tied the game 5-5.
The Owls were able to hang on for a majority of the game. They had scored one run in both the third and sixth innings that allowed them to not let the game get out of hand. This made the job easier for them as they headed into the eighth and the ninth inning, which ultimately ended with them winning the ballgame.
The Owls will make their first away appearances this upcoming weekend and are looking to keep their winning streak alive against the Troy Trojans.