Kennesaw State earned a pair of 10-inning wins over the weekend against Stetson University thanks to stellar pitching and two late rallies.
The Owls won in extra innings 4-0 before falling 3-0 in the second game of the doubleheader against Stetson University on Saturday, March 25. Kennesaw State earned its second win of the series after a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Alley Cutting worked a career-high 10 innings, only giving up five hits as she struck out eight batters on a career-high 173 pitches. Cutting finished off the Hatters in the bottom half of the inning to record her 10th complete game and third shutout of the season.
In Saturday’s second game, Stetson pitcher Brooke Hutto limited the Owls to a single and a walk to redshirt senior Chandler Griffin in seven innings.
The Hatters scored in the first inning when Kelsey Watters hit a home run off Logan Viers, the Owls’ starting pitcher. Viers allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three batters in six innings.
After splitting a pair of games on Saturday, the two teams played one more game Sunday afternoon. Senior Noelle Winkles hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning to give KSU a 5-4 victory over Stetson.
Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Stetson tried to tie the score to force an extra inning. After a pair of singles to open the frame, the Hatters scored on a pick-off attempt at third base and a wild pitch.
After letting a 3-1 lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh, KSU gained the lead in the 10th when Winkles hit her seventh home run of the season over the right field wall to score freshman Haylie Shope from second base.
Winkles ― along with sophomore Hannah Thompson, redshirt freshman Katey Lynch and redshirt senior Courtney Sutter ― each collected two hits apiece, leading an 11-hit attack by the Owls.
KSU returns to action on Wednesday, March 29, when the team travels to Birmingham, Alabama, to take on Samford University.