Kennesaw State Shuts Out Eagles to Tie Series
KENNESAW, Ga. – A complete game six-hit shutout from Kennesaw State senior Bryan Blough and a three-run fifth inning were all the Owls needed as they evened the weekend series with the FGCU baseball team by taking game two, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Stillwell Stadium.
One night after setting the program’s Division I record with 26 hits and equaling the record of 20 runs scored, the Eagles were limited to just six hits en route to slipping to 18-17 on the season and 9-8 in the Atlantic Sun.
Kennesaw State, who moves back in front of the Eagles in the A-Sun standings by half game, now stands at 21-17 and 9-7 in league play.
Besides the three-run fifth, the FGCU pitching staff was strong, limiting the Owls to just five hits. Junior Jacob Barnes (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg HS) tossed the first 4.2 innings. Barnes struck out seven batters over the first four innings and got the first two outs in the fifth before running into trouble.
The Owls three runs in the fifth all came with two outs, as Barnes walked three straight batters. After the second walk, a wild pitch scored the first run before Aaron Dobbs tripled to right center field to bring home the other two runs and give the home team a 3-0 lead.
FGCU created a chance to climb back into the game in the top of the sixth, but freshman Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) was left on base after a leadoff double, his second hit of the game.
In the ninth, back-to-back two-out singles by junior Javi Sujo (Miami, Fla./Miami Sunset HS/Middle Georgia College) and sophomore Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) transpired into no runs, as the Eagles were shutout for the first time in 60 games.
Barnes (1-3) was credited with the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Junior Jason Forjet (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova HS) tossed 2.1 innings in relief, giving up one run and striking out two. Freshman Ricky Knapp (Port Charlotte, Fla./Port Charlotte HS) made his team-high 15th appearance and struck out the side in the eighth.
Bednar and Sujo accounted for four of FGCU’s six hits, supplying their 10th and 12th multi-hit games this season, respectively.
The decisive third game in the A-Sun weekend series will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats of tomorrow’s game can be found at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.
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