KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State’s Max Pentecost went 4-for-4 with four RBI to lead the Owls to a 6-3 win over Stetson in the opening game of a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series, Friday at Stillwell Stadium.
The Hatters (14-21 overall, 3-7 A-Sun) matched KSU with 11 hits but also left 10 runners on base, including six in scoring position.
Pentecost helped Kennesaw State (17-20, 4-9) take an early lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first.
But Pentecost delivered again for the Owls in the bottom of the third, lining a two-out RBI single to make it 3-1. A wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth gave KSU a 4-1 lead.
Stetson squandered a chance to get back in the game in the top of the fifth. Zech and Bocock had back-to-back one-out singles, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Patrick Mazeika grounded out and Russini struck out to end the threat.
After the Owls stretched their lead to 6-1 with two more runs in the sixth, the Hatters scored a pair in the top of the seventh. Bocock had another run-scoring single, and Josh Powers added an RBI single of his own to make it 6-3. Stetson brought the tying run to the plate with two outs but couldn’t start.
Stetson managed just one base runner over the final two innings against KSU relievers James Connell and Justin McCalvin, who earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth.
Bocock led the Hatters with three hits, knocking in a pair and scoring once. Zech, Fagan and Russini each had two hits.
Jordan Hillyer (3-3) earned the win for the Owls, allowing three runs (one earned) on nine hits, striking out six without a walk.
Mitchell Jordan (2-5) suffered the loss for Stetson, allowing four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.
The Hatters and Owls resume their series at 2 p.m., Saturday.