Late Push Lifts Owls Over Georgia Southern 11-10 in 12 Innings

Late Push Lifts Owls Over Georgia Southern 11-10 in 12 Innings

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KENNESAW, Ga. – The Owls largest comeback of the season was a thrilling one – walking off the game in 12th inning to stun Georgia Southern, 11-10.
 
With runners on the corners and one out, A.J. Willoughby surprised the 669 fans in attendance and laid down a perfect bunt to score Tyler Tolve to put the Owls ahead for the final time in a 4 hour and 35-minute encounter. 
 
What led up to the bunt was as equally impressive, as the Owls overcame a 10-5 deficient in the ninth inning. 
 
After Terence Norman roped a single to score Willoughby and Nick ColinaJustin Russell launched a three-run home run to tie the game and ignite the crowd at Stillwell Stadium. 
 
In the early stages of the thriller with the score tied at one run a piece after the first inning, Colina mashed his first home run of his career over the right-field wall to give Kennesaw State its first lead of the ballgame. The Eagles answered with a run in the third frame and four in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.
 
Never doubting, the Owls plated three in the fifth inning behind an RBI double from Willoughby, an RBI from Tyler Simon and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Franklin to score Willoughby.
 
The three runs cut the Eagles' lead to 7-5, but Georgia Southern scored a pair in the sixth and one in the ninth to push the advantage to 10-5. It was then when pandemonium struck as the Owls' offense boasted its extreme power.
 
Both sides showed off its respective pitching staffs, as 18 hurlers were featured in the contest. The Eagles displayed 11, while the Owls threw seven. Josh Coburn got the start for the Owls and went 3.2 innings, yielding just two earned runs while striking out two.
 
Nathan Dupree was lights out for the Owls, pitching the final 3.0 innings and earning the win. He faced just nine batters and punched out four Eagles. 
 
Tolve led the Owls' offense with three hits, while Russell, Hodges, Colina and Willoughby each added a pair. Russell finished with a game-high four RBIs, while Norman and Norman each ended with two.
 
The Owls look to ride their momentum into the final series of 2019, when Kennesaw State plays host to Jacksonville beginning on Thursday (May 16).

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