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2014 Tallahassee Regional Day 1 Recap


Kennesaw State 1 Alabama 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a career-high 8.2 innings pitched from lefty Travis Bergen, the No. 27 Kennesaw State baseball team rode strong starting pitching to a 1-0 shutout win over Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional.

The win is the first ever postseason victory in the NCAA Division I era for the Owls and the 24th in the last 25 games for KSU, which moves to 38-21 on the year. Kennesaw State also becomes the first Atlantic Sun Conference team to win in a regional game since the 2011 season.

“I thought it was an excellent game for both teams,” said Kennesaw State head coach Mike Sansing. “They both played extremely well. I thought Bergen pitched unbelievable and competitive. It was an outstanding performance. Defensively, Kal (Simmons) made a lot of plays. I don’t know how many, but he made a lot. I think we played pretty well. The only thing we didn’t do was turn a double play late in the game but I thought we had competitive at-bats. We don’t have a lot to show for it, but we were able to get the run across and that’s all we needed.”

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Georgia Southern 7 Florida State 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sam Howard threw a complete game shutout to lead No. 4 seed Georgia Southern past No. 1 seed Florida State in a 7-0 shutout in game two of the Tallahassee Regional.

The win for Georgia Southern (40-21) was their first in regional play since a 6-2 win over Elon in the Clemson Regional in 2002 and the third for Rodney Hennon as the Eagles’ skipper. With the win, GSU reached the 40 win plateau for the 10th time in school history and the third time under Hennon.

The shutout was the fifth on the season for the Eagles and the fourth on the season for Howard. The complete game was Howard’s first of his career. Florida State fell to 43-16 and was shut out for the second time this season.

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