…. KSU grabs second at Auburn Regional, advances
Kennesaw State University put together a solid team performance on the final day to earn its second NCAA Championship appearance in the last four years.
The Owls finished second at the NCAA Auburn Regional after carding a final-round 1-under par 287 to finish with an 11-over 875 May 15-17 at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
The Owls placed three golfers in the top 20 as Jimmy Beck (219) tied for 17th and fellow juniors Kelby Burtonand Teremoana Beaucousin tied for 19th with a 4-over totals of 220.
KSU will be appearing in the NCAA Championship Finals (May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.) for the first since time since 2011, when it made its championship debut at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., and finished 26th out of 30 teams.
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TRACK & FIELD
Owls defend conference title
The Kennesaw State University men’s track and field team won back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference titles in dominating fashion May 17, as the team totaled 311 points, which was the second most points ever scored in an A-Sun Championship.
The team won 11 of the 15 events on May 17 and totaled 13 wins in 21 events over two days of competition.
Junior Andre Dorsey won the most valuable performer award scoring 51 points in the meet. He competed in nine different events and compiled three event wins on May 17, with a conference record in the high jump clearing 2.16 meters. He also added wins in the triple jump and javelin while finishing third in the 110m hurdles.
Dorsey was not the only person to break a conference record on Saturday. Freshman Jalil Braxton ran a 47.00 flat breaking the record set last year by Reagan Beal. Beal and Braxton anchored the back two legs on the 4x400 team and guided the team to a gold medal in 3:13.73.
Beal also won the 100m-dash and 200m-dash in his final A-Sun Championship.
The Owls swept the top four spots in the 110m hurdles with Terrell Singleton winning the race with a time of 14.14 seconds.
Robert Harvey III added his second gold medal with a 48.22m throw in the discus.
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KSU streaks into postseason
Claiming back-to-back contests in their final at bats, the Kennesaw State Owls closed out the regular season with a three-game series sweep of Atlantic Sun Conference rival North Florida, May 15-17, in Kennesaw.
After winning the series opener, 3-2, on May 15, the Owls (33-21, 17-9 conference) led by three runs heading into the ninth in game two, but coughed up the advantage in the top of the frame when three-straight two-out hits pulled the Ospreys even at 4-all.
Rallying right back, however, Woodstock native Jacob Bruce (53 games, .287 avg., 51 runs, 25 RBI, 10 steals) stroked a triple off the wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and Max Pentecost (54 games, .422 avg., 21 doubles, eight home runs, 54 RBI, 50 runs, 15 steals, nation-leading 35-game hitting streak) followed with a walk-off, RBI single to left.
In the series finale on May 17, it was Matt Bahnick providing the heroics for the Owls, belting a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th for a 1-0 KSU victory.
Gabe Friese (six innings, five hits), Nathan Harsh (three innings, one hit) and James Connell (one inning, no hits, win) combined for the shutout.
The Owls, who had a 16-game winning streak between April 6 and May 11 and have won 19 of their last 20, move on to the A-Sun Conference tournament (May 21-24), where, as the No. 3 seed, they face sixth-seeded East Tennessee State University on May 21 in Fort Myers, Fla.