Hatcher’s Cycle Powers KSU Over No. 12 Georgia Tech

By | March 24, 2022

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ATLANTA, Ga. Kennesaw State baseball posted season-highs in runs and hits en route to a 14-12 win over No. 12 Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. KSU’s 14 runs also mark the most the team has ever scored against the Yellow Jackets.

The KSU (13-7) offense compiled a season-high 17 hits and had all nine starters reach base safely. Josh Hatcher, Tyler Simon, Zac Corbinand Donovan Cash led the onslaught at the top-of-the-order and combined for 12 hits and eight runs.

With his RBI double in the bottom of the ninth, Hatcher delivered the first cycle in KSU’s Division I history. The centerfielder finished with four hits in six at-bats and added two runs and two RBI. Hatcher extended his hit streak to 15 games and his on-base streak to 19-straight.

With his double in the third inning, Simon became the eighth player in Kennesaw State history to reach the 200-hit mark. The shortstop achieved the milestone during his 191st game wearing the Black and Gold. Simon posted a season-high four-hit night at the plate.

Mason Jones provided power from the nine-hole. The catcher belted two home runs and drove in three on the night. Jones is the first KSU player to hit two home runs in a game this season. He added a 2-for-5 night at the dish with three RBI.

on the mound, Makenzie Stills (1-0) made his first start of the year and went a season-long three innings. The right-hander allowed five hits, two runs and punched out two in earning his first win of the season.

Hatcher started the night with a boom. The Owls’ leadoff hitter sent the first pitch of the game into the trees in right to give KSU a quick lead. Simon was inches away from back-to-back home runs as he sent a pitch off the left field wall for a double. He scored later in the inning on a Corbin single.

KSU used a six-run third inning to take an 8-0 lead on the Yellow Jackets. The team recorded five hits in the frame, including a two-run home run from Jones. The bomb marked Jones’ second of the season.

Georgia Tech (16-6) put two on the board in the bottom of the third, but the Owls answered back in the next frame. Simon doubled to lead things off and came around to score on a fielder’s choice. The KSU offense posted 10 hits through the first four innings.

Kennesaw State added two more runs in the sixth. Corbin laced a double to right-center field to bring home Simon. He later came around and crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice and error. This extended the Owls’ lead to 11-3.

With two outs in the seventh, Jones connected for his second home run of the evening. The catcher is now tied for the team lead with three long balls on the year. KSU led 12-8 at the end of the seventh.

Jared Rine came on to pitch in the eighth and earned his third save of the year. Rine went 1.1 innings and struck out two to secure the victory.

The Owls are back in action this Friday as the team hosts North Florida for its second ASUN Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm inside Stillwell Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

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