As college baseball season approaches, Kennesaw State University hosted its annual Black and Gold World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Assistant coach Trey Fowler led #TeamFowler (Black) to a 2-1 series win over volunteer assistant Clint Harrison’s #TeamClint (Gold) team.
Sophomore pitcher Gabe Friese earned the 5-4-win versus the gold team after pitching three and two-thirds innings, allowing only one hit while recording four strikeouts.
The black team dominated the plate in game one with six hits. Junior Austin Upshaw led the the way offensively, going 2-5 from the plate with two RBIs.
#TeamFowler held off the gold team thanks to senior closing pitcher Erich Stahl, who earned the save to take a 1-0 series lead going into the second game.
#TeamClint team came ready to play, evening up the series 1-1 after a 6-4 win Thursday, Oct. 13.
The gold team took a 5-1 lead early in the game, courtesy of senior infielder Corey Greeson, junior catcher Griffin Helms and senior pitcher Chris Erwin, who all posted RBI doubles in the second inning.
After the black team added three runs in the fourth inning to bring the game to 5-4, gold team sophomore infielder Trevor Brown hit an RBI double in the seventh inning to extend the gold team’s lead to 6-4.
Sophomore pitcher Drew Reeves recorded the save for #TeamClint to force a third game.
In a game three finale that featured freshman pitcher Grayson Harbin for the black team and senior pitcher Turner Watkins for the gold team, the black team captured the crown 4-2.
The gold team broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth after Helms hit a sacrifice fly. The following inning, David Chabut hit an RBI triple to left center to put #TeamClint up 2-0.
Junior infielder Grant Williams put the black team on the board in the seventh inning with a two-RBI single. Upshaw extended #TeamFowler’s lead with a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh inning.
Stahl would again seal the deal for the black team taking the mound in the seventh inning to close the game this time for the 2-1 series win.
The Owls look to defend their 2016 ASUN
championship again this year. Follow the team on Twitter at @KSUOwlsBaseball
for the latest scores and updates.