Bo Way (Credit: KSUOwls.com)
Your 6-3 Owls will head to Tennessee tomorrow to take on the 6-2 Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State in a 3 game weekend series. Travis Dean, Kevin Kyle and Will Solomon will get the starts for your Owls.
The Owls have won two in a row after being swept by Radford at home last weekend, and have not lost on the road all season. Middle Tennessee State is a very good club and boasts the 41st best RPI in the nation, so it will be a tough task for Kennesaw State.
Game 1 is Friday at 4:00 (Dean), game 2 is Saturday at 3:00 (Kyle) and game 3 is Sunday at 2:00 (Solomon).
I didn’t see or listen to the game so I’m just going to pull some observations from the box score and recap.
- Stephen Janas only went two innings tonight because his pitch limit was around 40, and he threw 43. I’m guessing he’ll be on a 50 pitch limit for his next outing. He still hasn’t allowed a run this season.
- Colton Cross went 4 innings of solid relief. He’s become a true asset out of the pen and seems to fit perfectly in the long relief role.
- Jacob Bruce, Peyton Hart and Max Pentecost are struggling in the OBP department early on.
- Andy Almonte has been heating up.
- Anthony Duran went 2-4 with 2 RBI. After being critical of him following the Georgia game, it’s good to see him get a clutch hit to score what ending up being the winning run.
- The starters at the 7-8-9 spots today went 7-14 with 7 RBI.
- Alex Liquori went 3-5. He’s now 6 of 12 on the year.
- Third string catcher Jacob Johnson got his first career AB. He flied out to center.
- Kal Simmons had an error for the straight game.
- KSU pitchers struck out 9 and only walked 3. KSU hitters struck out 3 times and walked 3 times.
- KSU’s RPI is now 67th in the country.
- This is KSU’s second win vs. an SEC team in as many weeks.
- The only team that KSU has lost to this year is Radford. They’ve been Jacksonville St., Georgia and now Auburn.
- The Owls play 8-1 Alabama State tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Expect Kevin McCoy to get the start.
David Dean (Credit: Knoxnews.com)
The Owl Howl is hearing that Valdosta State Head Coach David Dean is a new possibility for the Owls inaugural head coaching position.
Dean, 49, who was VSU’s offensive coordinator from 2000 through 2006, has already won two Division II National Championships since taking over head coaching duties from Chris Hatcher in 2007. He won his first title in his first season and his second this past season.
Dean is an excellent candidate for Kennesaw State. He’s a proven recruiter, has head coaching experience and would fit Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams’ criterion of “understanding Georgia.” What stands out to me is his ability to win titles five years apart, proving he do it with his own guys as well as the ones he inherited.
Stephen Janas (Credit: KSUOwls.com)
Your Kennesaw State Owls (4-3) are set to take on Auburn (6-1) Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Stephen Janas is scheduled to take the hill for KSU. Janas pitched three nearly perfect innings against the University of Georgia last week. He will likely be on a pitch count of about 40 as he works back from elbow surgery that cut his 2012 season short.
On Wednesday the Owls will head to Montgomery and play Alabama State (7-1) at 5:00 p.m. The starting pitcher hasn’t been announced but Kevin McCoy (2.46 ERA) seems the likeliest to get the nod.
KSU is coming off of a three game skid where they were swept at home by Radford (5-1). The Owls bats need to wake-up and the defense needs to improve in order to pull off a pair of wins vs. quality opponents like these.
I didn’t arrive until the 8th inning, but Justin McCalvin was the hard luck loser. A key two base error after a stolen base allowed the winning run to score in the top of the 9th. The Owls dropped to 4-3 and will be on the road Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. against the Auburn Tigers.
- Congratulations to Aaron Anderson and Markeith Cummings for finishing up their home careers. Anderson had 10 points with 11 rebounds and Cummings had 21 points with 6 rebounds.
- A Lipscomb fan got kicked out and another was warned. Most obnoxious coaches and fans in the A-Sun. Their assistants need to take a whole jar of chill pills…
- Terrible shooting, terrible passing. I’ll let Coach Preston tell you the rest…
KSU didn’t upload the full press conference with Coach Preston and Cummings. Why? I don’t know. I have a hunch it’s because some of the questions asked were not relevant and dragged down the integrity of the presser.
Aaron Anderson’s press conference can be viewed in the video above.
- He took complete blame for the team’s performance and said it’s on him to get them to perform better and give more effort. He said he has thick skin and can handle the criticism.
- The team will have to go back to the fundamentals in the off-season.
- The freshmen are wearing down physically.
- Can’t let the offense dictate the defense.
- Tipped his cap to Lipscomb.
- Will use this game and what the Lipscomb bench was saying going forward and will use this reel as motivation all throughout the off-season into next season.
- Lipscomb killed KSU with their touches in the paint.
- Points aren’t everything. Wished the team could have won more.
- He is focusing on his studies but would like to pursue playing ball once he graduates.
- The favorite moment of his career was beating Georgia Tech.
- He played basketball and football in high school, once he decided to play basketball he and his best friend LaDaris Green decided to go to Kennesaw State together.