Sparks offense in Seventh to Seal series sweep
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DELAND, Florida. – As the pursuit of the 2022 ASUN Championship reached its peak, the Kennesaw State Softball Team (18-26, 9-12 ASUN Conference) finished a sweeping streak of the Stetson Hatters (20-32, 9 -12 ASUN) in a 5-3 win Sunday at Patricia Wilson Field.
Inner fields Faith Alexander, Taylor Cates and Brinaya Bailey all multi-hit games released for the offense, while the starter Melanie Bennett (13-14) earned his 13th win of the season and second of the series.
KSU loaded the bases in the first inning after an opening single from Alexander followed by walks from Cates and Bailey. outfielder Kiera Cooper put down to tackle Alexander and give the Owls a 1-0 lead.
After Bennett retired Stetson’s first nine batters, the home side broke through with their first hit and first inning of the game to even the score, 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Cooper recorded another RBI in the top of the sixth, scoring Greep on a left-sided single. After a double play to close the scoreless bottom half of the inning, KSU led 2-1.
Up one run in the top of the seventh, the Owl offense posted its best run of the afternoon, starting with a brace from Alexander who tackled Isabelle Galloway. With Mary Greg, Anderson and Alexander in scoring position, Cates cleared the bases with a two RBI single to give the Owls a 5-1 lead.
Stetson hit a two-run homer late in the inning, but the Hatter rally ended there, sealing a 5-3 victory for the Owls.
Bennett pitched all seven innings, allowing just five hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts.
>> The Owls have scored in the first inning of every game against the Hatters in the series.
>> The series sweep is the Owls’ first this season.
>> Bailey (19), Cates (10) and Alexander (10) all improved their scoring streaks. Cates’ hitting streak now stands at seven games, tying the second-longest by an owl this season.
>> Cates landed his 14th multi-RBI match and 16th multi-hit match of the year.
>> Bailey and Alexander recorded their 11th multi-hit matches in 2022. This is Bailey’s third in a row and Alexander’s second in a row.
ON THE BRIDGE
The Owls conclude the 2022 regular season on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 against the Jacksonville Dolphins. The first pitch of the game on a Friday is set for 1:00 p.m.
Greep will be honored for “Senior Day” before Saturday’s game.
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