Owls Use Big First Inning to Defeat Upstate

Owls Use Big First Inning to Defeat Upstate

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Kennesaw, Ga. – Kennesaw State used a six-run first inning to complete a weekend sweep of USC Upstate as the Owls claimed a 9-2 win at Stillwell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Kennesaw State improves to 15-17 overall and 4-2 in the ASUN while Upstate falls to 14-20 and 1-5.

Scoring Breakdown

  • Bottom 1st – Kennesaw State scored six runs on three singles, a sacrifice fly, and a two-run triple.
  • Bottom 2nd - Cory Greeson scored on a Chris Erwin double.
  • Bottom 5th – The Owls added a run thanks to a LaDonis Bryant sacrifice fly.
  • Top 7thJ.J. Shimko scored on a Chris Rodriguez double followed by a Jordan Miller sacrifice fly that scored Drake Harris.
  • Bottom 8th – Bryant scored on a Grant Williams single.


  • Rodriguez and Shimko led Upstate with two hits each.
  • Austin Upshaw had a game-high three hits for Kennesaw State.
  • Erwin and David Chabut each drove in two runs.
  • Mason Ward (3-2) earned the win as he allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
  • Blake Whitney (4-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs in 1.1 innings.

Up Next

  • Upstate travels to Furman on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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