Edmondson-Westside senior point guard Isaiah Tripp is scheduled to take an official visit to Kennesaw State this coming weekend. Less than a week ago, the 6’2″ Tripp helped his team win the Class 2A Title in DC. In addition to KSU, he is rumored to hold offers from Boise St., UNLV, Ohio, New Mexico St., Florida Gulf Coast and Jacksonville. Pepperdine, George Mason and Fresno St. have shown interest.
- Will Solomon got the start after working in relief over the weekend. He pitched 4.1 solid innings to get the win.
- The bullpen went 4.2 innings and didn’t give up any earned runs.
- Nathan Harsh gave up a double but struck out the side in his lone inning.
- Freshman Travis Bergen is still impressing. He pitched a scoreless 7th and struck out two.
- Kal Simmons’ 6 game hitting streak was snapped but he scored a run and walked twice.
- Bo Way’s hitting streak is now at 16 games.
- The Owls managed 11 runs on 10 hits. All of the hits were singles.
- Jacob Bruce and Peyton Hart each had 2 RBI.
- Andy Almonte reached base safely three times.
- Catcher Jacob Johnson got his first collegiate start, at DH, and went 1-4.
- KSU stole three bases on the day. Hart and Liquori recorded their fifth on the year while Jacob Bruce got his first.
- KSU struck out 11 batters and Savannah St. only struck out 2.
- The Owls are back in action at home on Friday at 6:00 against Northern Kentucky. Stephen Janas is expected to take the mound.
Kennesaw State (10-10) will host the Tigers of Savannah State (13-7) at 5:00 PM for a mid-week in-state rivalry game. The Owls are coming off a big win Sunday against Mercer, whereas the Tigers are coming off two losses in a row against North Carolina Central, and were outscored by 17 runs.
- The starting pitcher for KSU hasn’t been announced yet, but I imagine Nathan Harsh will be on the mound after having his scheduled appearance last week being umped out (the umpires were not scheduled so the Georgia St. game was postponed).
- Junior center fielder Bo Way has a 15 game hitting streak for the Owls.
- The Owls had double digit hits in 5 of the last 6 games but only averaged 3.5 runs per game.
- In those six games, freshman shortstop Kal Simmons has hit safely and is batting .500 with 8 RBI. He hit in the two hole last game for the first time in his career and had 4 hits, so expect him penciled in there on Tuesday.
- Justin McCalvin hasn’t given up an earned run in 13.1 innings
- This had to be the most crushing loss for Kennesaw St. on the season. In the conference opener against rival Mercer, KSU was up 3-0 going into the 9th and allowed a game-tying three run homerun to Mercer’s Sasha LaGarde. Then in the 11th inning Alan Busenitz threw a wild pitch which allowed the winning run to score. The most discouraging part of the sequence was that Busenitz retired Mercer’s best hitter shortly after the wild pitch.
- It’s safe to say that Stephen Janas is the ace of the staff. He started off the year working mid-week games due to a pitch count from Tommy John surgery, and now has ascended past all others and will be the Friday night guy. Janas went 5 scoreless innings and still has not allowed a run on the season through 15 innings. He has a WHIP of 1 to with 13 strikeouts.
- The Owls scored an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th on a Bo Way single to make it 3-0.
- James Connell blew his first save of the year in the 9th when he gave up the homerun to LaGarde.
- Alan Busenitz allowed his first and only run of the year on the wild pitch, and it was a costly one.
- Will Solomon pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. It looks like he’s out of the weekend rotation.
- Bo Way went 2-6 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
- Chris McGowan broke out of a funk and went 3-5 with a walk and an RBI.
- Just one game after going 4-4, Jacob Bruce went 0-6. Still worth a .400 batting average!
- Freshman shortstop Kal Simmons got his team leading 15th RBI.
- Way, McGowan, Simmons, Max Pentecost and Peyton Hart all hit doubles.
- There were no errors in the game form either team.
- This game dropped KSU to 9-9 and 0-1 in conference play.
- Travis Dean had his best game of the year, striking out 8 in 6 innings. He allowed 5 hits and 3 runs with just two earned. He picked up the loss however, and moves his record to 2-3 on the year.
- The Owls scored their lone run in the first inning on a Chris McGowan single.
- Bo Way went 1-4 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He also stole a base and scored the lone KSU run.
- Mercer had two steals. Teams seem to have a lot of success running on freshman catcher Brennan Morgan.
- Shortstop Kal Simmons committed the only error of the game for either team.
- Every run in the game for both teams came on a single or an error.
- This loss moves the Owls under .500 for the first time all year at 9-10 and 0-2 in conference play.
- The Owls avoided being swept in a weekend series for the third time this year behind the left arm of senior Kevin Kyle.
- Kyle went 6.2 innings and allowed four runs with just 1 earned run to get the win. After a Dylan Ivey error, Justin McCalvin came in and gave up a two-base hit which allowed two of Kyle’s unearned runs to cross the plate.
- KSU stole 4 bases on the day with Peyton Hart getting 2 of them. Freshmen Kal Simmons and Ryan Raper each recorded their first collegiate steal.
- Speaking of Simmons, he was moved out of the 9 spot for the first time all year and placed in the 2 hole where he recorded four hits for the black and gold. I’m guessing it’s safe to say he’ll be back in that spot next game. Simmons also scored a run and had 2 RBI, which pushes him further into the team lead with 17 total. Simmons is up to a .304 batting average.
- Bo Way went 2-5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Ronnie Freeman holds the KSU hitting streak record with 42 games in a row.
- Jacob Bruce went 3-4 with 2 runs. He’s now hitting .291 on the year.
- James Connell bounced back from Friday’s debacle and recorded the tough 1 run save.
- The Owls are now 10-10 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.
- Late Friday night the series looked promising, and from there things fell apart until Sunday. Luckily for Kennesaw State, they took the must-win game to salvage the series. It’s not how anybody had hoped the weekend would end, but it’s better than nothing.
- Stephen Janas and Travis Dean both deserved to get wins, but hey, that’s the game of baseball for ya.
- The Owls line-up shuffle seems to continue each game. My ideal line-up right now against a righty? 1. LF Bruce 2. SS Simmons 3. CF Way 4. 3B Hart 5. RF McGowan 6. C Pentecost 7. DH Liquori 8. 1B Duran 9. 2B Almonte. Lefty-righty all the way through.
- Mercer’s Derrick Workman has more homeruns than the entire Owls roster. We are really missing Andy Chriscaden’s 15 homers per year.
According to the KSUOwls.com official roster, there are only five returning players remaining on the roster for the 2013-14 season. Redshirt seniors Chelcey Farrar and Lisa Capellan, sophomore Nicole Adams and juniors Kristina Wells and Bria Young. Assistant Coach Tiffani Listenbee was also taken off the coaching roster.
The biggest name on the list that didn’t graduate (Holliday and Gideon) was Chelsea Mason. She was rumored to have a public falling out with Head Coach Nitra Perry. It’s unknown what happened with the rest of the roster but they likely left on their own or just didn’t fit Coach Perry’s vision for the future.
Your 9-8 Kennesaw State Owls start a three game weekend home series Friday night against Mercer. The Bears are 14-4 and own the 24th spot in the current RPI rankings. The game will be webcasted live online at www.asun.tv.
FRIDAY (6:00 PM)
Steve Janas (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brandon Barker (2-0, 1.90 ERA)
SATURDAY (2:00 PM)
Travis Dean (2-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. Grant Papelian (2-1, 4.92 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:00 PM)
Kevin Kyle (2-2, 3.09 ERA) vs. D.J. Johnson (3-0, 1.12 ERA)
John Bednarowski of the Marietta Daily Journal reported on Thursday that David Dean is not a finalist for the head coaching position.
Dean seemed to be the favorite choice of most of the fans that I have spoken with over the past few weeks; however, I wouldn’t rule him out quite yet. Maybe this is just a conspiracy theory on my part, but if Dean is actually in heavy consideration, Kennesaw State would want to set a smokescreen. The head coaching hire will generate the most publicity since a month ago when football was officially announced, and the biggest buzzkill would be people already assuming Dean has the job. I can’t think of a better way to throw people off of the trail than to wait until the last minute to bring in a favorite candidate for an interview, but that’s all conjecture. Maybe Dean really isn’t in consideration anymore. The only person to know the answer to that question is Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, and that answer is in the vault.
It’s obvious Dean is very interested in the job. Here’s what Dean told Bednarowski,
“I have a tremendous amount of interest in (the job),” Dean said Wednesday. “I’m from the Atlanta area and when it came about that they were getting a football program I thought it would be a great situation. I think it’s going to be a great diamond in the rough.
“But I was not asked to come and interview. Evidently, they had a different idea.”
Bednarowski also writes,
Dean said he was contacted by Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams a couple of weeks ago and was asked for the phone number of Valdosta State athletic director Herb Reinhard. Dean said Williams wanted to talk to Reinhard before talking any further with him. Dean said he hasn’t heard a word since.