KSU stuns ETSU with walk-off grand slam
by MDJ staff and wire reports
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Brennan Morgan’s grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Kennesaw State an 11-7 victory over East Tennessee State on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

A-Sun player of the Year Max Pentecost led off with a triple to left field before East Tennessee intentionally walked Bo Way and Chris McGowan to load the bases with no outs. Morgan then stepped in and hit Will Chesney’s 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field.

Morgan finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 to go with five RBIs and two runs scored. The Owls (34-21) collected 15 hits in the game.

Kennesaw State grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Matt Bahnick, and Alex Liquori’s RBI groundout gave the Owls a 2-0 lead after two.

ETSU (26-29) tied the game in the top of the third inning on Jeremy Taylor’s RBI groundout and Chris Cook’s RBI single, but the Owls took a 3-2 lead on Morgan’s single, which scored Way in the top of the fourth.

After ETSU took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth, Pentecost extended his hit streak to 36 games on an infield single and reached second on a throwing error. Way then singled to score Pentecost, which made it a 5-4 ballgame.

ETSU extended its lead to 7-4 after getting runs in the sixth and eighth innings.

In the bottom of the eighth when Kennesaw State needed a rally, Pentecost opened up the inning with a hit, followed up by Way’s double. McGowan then doubled to right, knocking in two runs, and Bahnick’s RBI single scored McGowan to tie it up going into the ninth.

Justin McCalvin picked up his fourth win after coming in and pitching the final two scoreless innings for Kennesaw State.

The third-seeded Owls moved into the winners’ bracket and will play today against No. 7 Stetson, which upset No. 2 Mercer.

Georgia Tech 6, Miami 3: Brandon Gold hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to help Georgia Tech rally past top-seeded Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24) had to beat Wake Forest in Tuesday’s elimination round to reach pool play and trailed 3-1 against the Hurricanes (40-16) on Wednesday. But they scored two runs in the seventh to tie it, then added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single by former Harrison High School standout Matt Gonzalez.

Ryan Peurifoy went 4-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets, while Josh Heddinger (4-4) took the win by allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Wheeler High product Dale Carey had three hits for Miami, which had won 27 of 30 and owned the No. 1 seed for the first time since winning the 2008 title.

Reliever Cooper Hammond (5-1) took the loss.

Georgia Tech will face fourth-seeded Duke today in Pool A, while Miami faces fifth-seeded Clemson.
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