A throwing error led to the Owls scoring the first run of the game in the third inning, while a one-out fielding error resulted in five unearned runs in the fifth.
ETSU scored four runs in the fourth and tacked on one more in the top of the fifth to go up 5-2. However, the Bucs couldn’t minimize the damage from the error in the bottom of the inning, and Kennesaw State capitalized for its 10th straight win.
Chris Cook and Kevin Phillips combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBIs for the Bucs. Cook, who has now hit safely in 10 straight games, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Phillips finished 2-for-3 and two RBIs. Sophomore Jeremy Taylor also extended his hit streak to 11games with a double in the fourth.
The Bucs have now lost three straight games and dipped to 20-21, 8-8 in Atlantic Sun Conference play, while the surging Owls improved to 24-20, 10-9.
Jimmy Nesselt (5-4) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run (seven total) on nine hits in six innings of work.
Tyler Roach led off ETSU’s big fourth inning with a five-pitch walk and later scored on Phillips’ double to left field. Phillips, the designated hitter, came home on Jordan Sanford’s single to center field. Cook later delivered with a two-run scoring single to left field.
ETSU added its final run in the top of the fifth when Chris Riopedre led off with a single and scored on Phillips’ RBI single.
The Owls bullpen held ETSU scoreless on one hit over the final 4 2/3 innings. Nathan Harsh (3-3) began the scoreless run and earned the win after allowing one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
Kennesaw State totaled 13 hits as Jacob Bruce and Matt Bahnick combined for seven hits and four runs. Bruce went a 4-for-5 with two runs scored and Bahnick totaled three hits and scored twice.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. today.