Kennesaw State Baseball suffered a tough loss to Georgia Tech on March 22.
The Owls rumbled in a rough battle with Georgia Tech, maintaining their resilience as much as possible. At the top of the seventh inning, the Owls’ chances of perfecting a comeback story were stifled after Georgia Tech put up a hefty nine runs.
The Yellow Jackets managed to achieve this with a multitude of hits and walks. Georgia Tech’s successful consecutive hits extended their lead to 7-1. The brunt of the damage came with one swing from a Tech batter when he crushed a grand slam putting the score to 11-1.
The inning, unfortunately, did not cease there, as there were no outs when the grand slam was hit. The Yellow Jackets earned additional runs, ending the top of the seventh with the score at 13-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Owls had some of their starters replaced. Shortly after being substituted in the game, the lead-off pinch hitter, Gavin Patel, hit a single. This was then followed by a couple of fielder’s choice plays that ended with second baseman, Hudson Mimbs, being on first base with two outs.
Next up to the plate was pinch hitter, Tyler Franks, who battled at the plate, making hard contact. Franks ultimately fouled pitches off. Franks struck a chord with a pitch, and split the gap between center and left field. This resulted in a double for Franks and a run scored by Mimbs. This hit gave the Owls a little excitement, but it did not last long as the next batter up struck out ending the seventh.
KSU had an early 1-0 lead with Josh Hatcher getting an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning, but the Yellow Jackets answered back, putting together a string of singles to score a couple of runs, making the score 2-1.
Georgia Tech also garnered a series of runs in the top of the sixth inning, led by a triple and a home run.
The Owls fell to the Yellow Jackets ending the game, 2-13.
KSU’s next home game will be against USC-Upstateon Tuesday, March 29 at Stillwell Stadium, facing off at 5 p.m.
The Owls will then go on the road to play three consecutive games against ASUN opponent FGCU. The first matchup will be on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. On April 2, KSU and FGCU will face off at 2 p.m. The finale of the series will occur on April 3 at 1 p.m.