JSU Baseball Extends One of Nation's Longest Winning Streak to 13
games in Come-from-Behind Win in 11th Inning
JACKSONVILLE STATE 12, KENNESAW STATE 11 (11
MARIETTA, Ga. - Senior Brian Piazza scored
on a passed ball in the top of the 11th inning as Jacksonville State extended
one of the nationís longest winning streak to 13 games with a 12-11 win over
Kennesaw State on Tuesday.
With the win, the Gamecocks improved to 33-19 after earning their eighth
final at-bat win of the season and their 23rd come-from-behind win of the
Junior Alex Jones (7-2) tossed the final four innings on the mound and had
five strikeouts to earn the win. KSUís Kyle Clayton (1-3) got stuck with the
loss after facing just four batters for the Owls.
Jax State rallied to score five runs in the eighth inning to tie the game and
then won their fourth extra-inning game and improved to 11-1 in one-run games on
Senior Clay Whittemore finished 4-for-6, while Daniel Adamson added three
more hits as JSU finished the game with 14 hits. Whittemore also drove in a
game-high four runs and Brian Piazza finished with two RBI.
The Gamecocks took an early lead after Whittemore had a RBI single to give
JSU a 1-0 lead, but Kennesaw tied the game in the first with a RBI infield
single by Martin Baker and the Owls took a 2-1 lead in the second after Josh
Whitaker led off with a solo home run.
Jax State battled back in the third inning after Whittemore singled to left
field to score two runs and give the Gamecocks a 3-2 lead, but Kennesaw answered
in the fourth inning and scored four to build a 6-3 lead.
The Gamecocks tied the game in the fifth inning after Spencer Brandes scored
on an Owl throwing error and Piazza tripled to left center to drive in two runs
and tie the game at 6-6.
Kennesaw State then scored three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and
seventh inning to build an 11-6 lead, before the Gamecocks tied the game in the
top of the eighth inning.
Kyle McCreary reached on one-out walk and Daniel Adamson followed with a
double down the left field line and Jake Sharrock walked to load the bases.
Brandes was then hit by a pitch to score McCreary before Cunningham singled to
left field to score Adamson and cut the lead to 11-8.
Bert Smith walked with bases loaded and Steven Leach scored another run on an
infield grounder to slice the lead to 11-10. Whittemore followed with a single
to the right side to score Cunningham and tie the game at 11-11 and force extra
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