Two midweek games on deck for KSU this week
KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State baseball hits the road for a pair of midweek matchups against two RPI top 35 teams. The Owls travel to state rival No. 35 Georgia State on Tuesday, then head to Plainsman Park for a battle against No. 27 Auburn on Wednesday night.
TUESDAY at Georgia State
First pitch: 4:00 p.m.
KSU: Luc Torbert (2-1, 27.2 FT, 7.48 MPM)
SSG: Dylan Matela (1-1, 23.1 SPI, 8.22 ERA)
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WEDNESDAY – in Auburn
First pitch: 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. CST)
KSU: To be determined
AU: Konner Copeland (3-1, 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA)
OWLS AGAINST. PANTHERS
On February 23, KSU defeated Georgia State by a score of 6-4 at Stillwell Stadium. First-year student Smith Finch pitched six innings and struck out eight en route to his first collegiate win on the mound. Shortstop Tyler Simon and third baseman Young Cash every home run that turned out to be the difference in the game. KSU has won six straight against GSU heading into tomorrow’s contest.
OWLS AGAINST. TIGERS
Wednesday’s game will be the only contest this year between Kennesaw State and Auburn. The match was originally scheduled to be played on March 15, but was postponed due to bad weather. Auburn holds a 6-3 all-time series lead with a 3-2 record at Plainsman Park
HOW TO SWEEP IT IS
After sweeping Stetson from April 8-10, Kennesaw State collected three ASUN conference sweeps during the season. KSU opened conference play by sweeping Jacksonville and North Florida in Weeks One and Two. The Stetson sweep resulted in the Owls being the first ASUN team to reach the 10-win mark.
BIKE IN THE RECORD BOOK… TWICE
Against No. 12 Georgia Tech on March 23, Josh Hatcher became the first owl in the program’s Division I history to hit for the cycle. Hatcher finished the game 4-on-6 with two RBIs. Two games later, Hatcher struck again for the cycle in a 4-on-6 performance against UNF.
2 GETS #200
In a 4-on-6 performance against No. 12 Georgia Tech, senior Tyler Simon became the 10th player in KSU history to reach the 200 hit mark. The shortstop achieved the feat in his 191st game wearing the black and gold.
THE DOUBLE QUADRUPLE
March 18 vs Jacksonville, KSU center Josh Hatcher became the first player in Owl history to record four doubles in one game. The leadoff batter finished the game 5-for-5 and compiled eight hits on the streak.
Silver Donovan exploded onto the scene in his first year as a starter. The first baseman is second on KSU in multi-hit performance (15) and batting average (.354). He saw his 10-hit streak come to an end in the series finale at Stetson (April 10).
#HE IS A FRESHMAN
In the fourth game of the season, Hudson Mimbs made the first start of his college career and never looked back. The second baseman collected the first home run of his career at Troy and compiled 30 starts. Mimbs has scored 11 points in the last 16 games.
The bats have been on fire for the KSU offense for the first part of the new season. The Owls are averaging 10.4 hits per game and 6.7 runs scored over the first 34 games. From March 23 to April 2, Kennesaw State posted a seven-game streak with 11 or more hits.
Kennesaw State has won eight of its first 10 games this season for the first time since 2011. That feat has only been accomplished twice in the program’s Division I history.
THE BEGINNINGS OF DIAMOND
the ryan coe The era begins with many new faces on the diamond in 2022. KSU has 23 players who are in their first year with the baseball program. This makes up 58% of the team’s roster.
ON THE BRIDGE
KSU hosts Jacksonville University at Stillwell Stadium for a three-game ASUN conference series beginning Friday night. Earlier in the season, the Owls swept the Dolphins to start ASUN play with a 3-0 record. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening.