Saturday, February 21, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Kennesaw State exploded for seven runs in the 10th inning to complete a come-from-behind 12-5 win over Samford on Saturday afternoon at Joe Lee Griffifth Field. The win for the Owls is the 800th in the career of head coach Mike Sansing.
Trailing 5-2 after six innings, the Owls (1-1) scored in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by senior Ric Bishop. In the eighth, the Owls used some two-out magic from the bat of Jacob Robbins to even the score. On the first pitch Robbins saw from Tyler Vanderheiden, the senior centerfielder ripped a double to right, scoring Drew Fowlkes and Josh Whitaker to give tie the score.
The two-out magic continued for KSU in extra innings. With one out and the bases loaded, Robbins lifted a sacrifice fly to right deep enough for Whitaker to score on, giving the Owls the lead. Martin Baker followed with his fourth hit of the day as his double to the gap in right center scored Andrew Martin and Jon White. After a walk to Tyler Stubblefield, Bishop singled through the right side of the infield, plating Baker to push the lead to four, 9-5. Jace Whitmer continued the parade to the plate with a two-run double, giving the Owls a six-run cushion. The barrage finally came to an end after a Curtis Van Wyck single plated Whitmer with the final run of the game.
The Owls got solid relief pitching as Samford (1-1) was held scoreless over the final five innings of the game. Brad Long and Kenny Faulk (1-0) combined to allow just three hits and a walk in five innings of action in relief of starter Chad Jenkins.
KSU led 1-0 after Whitaker grounded into a bases-loaded double play, scoring Bishop. Samford scored all of its runs in the fifth inning against Jenkins, with a pair of two-run singles by Marcus Rodriguez and Michael Johnson being the big blows. KSU rallied for a single run in the fifth as Bishop doubled in Baker with the second KSU run of the game.
The win was the 800th in the 21-year career of Coach Sansing. The win was also his 697th in his 17-plus years as head coach of the Owls.