Wednesday, March 14, 2007
KENNESAW, Ga. - What a week it has been for the Owls. Last week the black and gold took a 3-2 win from Georgia in Athens and on Wednesday night, before a sell-out crowd at Stillwell Stadium, Kennesaw State beat No. 21 Georgia Tech, 6-4.
While Georgia Tech (9-9) wanted to jump out early on Kennesaw State, it was the Owls (12-7) who scored twice in the first inning. From that point forward the Owls went run- for-run with the Yellow Jackets and rode the arm of Cacey Rogers for the Owls third straight win.
Rogers (2-0) relieved Kody Paul with one out in the fifth inning and pitched the final four and two-thirds to earn his second win of the season. Rogers scattered just five hits without allowing an earned run.
The game wasn't without its share of drama. The ninth inning saw the Yellow Jackets rally when Danny Payne (2-for-4) lined a two-strike pitch past second base for leadoff single.
The top of the order faced Rogers and reminiscent of opening day, the Owls would have to face Matt Wieters with the game on the line. Rogers got Michael Fisher (2-for-5) to knock back to the box and Rogers quickly tossed and threw to second to get Payne, but Fisher beat the throw to first on a bang-bang play at first base which Kennesaw State head coach Mike Sansing argued before the raucous support of the home town crowd.
With the memories Wieters game-winning home run surrounding, Rogers battled Tech's leading home run hitter to a full count before getting the All-American to line hard to right field. Rogers got the final out of the game when Wally Crancer (0-for-4) grounded to Andrew Martin at first where he tossed to Rogers covering to end the game.