Baseball falls at Kennesaw State, 6-2
ETSU (22-32, 7-19 A-Sun)
Kennesaw State (31-22, 16-10 A-Sun)
5/18/2012 | Kennesaw, Ga. | Attendance: 425
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Win: Kevin Kyle (2-4) 8.062218
Loss: LONG (2-9) 6.165534
Max Pentecost (KSU) 413000

Friday, May 18, 2012

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 18, 2012) – Kennesaw State (31-22, 15-10 A-Sun) broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to knock of ETSU, 6-2, in game two of the series on Friday night at Stillwell Stadium.

After the Owls loaded the bases in the seventh on ETSU (22-32, 7-19 A-Sun) starter Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.), Peyton Hart, Andy Almonte and Ronnie Freeman recorded three straight run scoring singles off relief pitcher Logan Rice (Erwin, Tenn.) to push across four runs and take the 6-2 lead.

Kevin Kyle (2-4) picked up the win after scattering six hits and two runs over eight innings. Kyle struck out eight and walked just one in the contest. Meanwhile, Long (2-9) suffered the loss after giving up six hits, five runs and three walks, while striking out four in 6.1 innings of work.

Max Pentecost led the Kennesaw State offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Andy Almonte finished 2-for4 with two RBI, while Ronnie Freeman was 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) had his second consecutive multiple hit game as he finished 2-for-4 in the contest. Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded the only two ETSU RBIs of the day with his nation leading 20th home run of the season. Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Kennesaw State struck first in the bottom of the fifth inning when Pentecost scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Pentecost led off the inning with a triple to left center and then scored on the wild pitch.

ETSU finally answered in the top of the sixth on a deep two-run home run by Scruggs to give the Bucs their first lead of the game. Green led off the inning with an infield single and then stole second. Scruggs followed with a tape measure shot for his 20th homer and 46th RBI – both team highs.

The Owls tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth on a RBI double by Andy Chriscaden. With one-out in the inning, Almonte singled through the left side. Two batters later, Chriscaden doubled down the left field line to score Almonte all the way from first – tying the game, 2-2.

After pushing across the four go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, Kyle pitched a scoreless eighth and then gave way to Justin McCalvin, who worked a scoreless ninth inning to clinch the game and the series for the Owls.

The final regular season finale will begin at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon as ETSU will send righty John Long (Anderson, S.C.) against Kennesaw State right-hander Travis Dean.

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