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Kennesaw finishes off sweep of Bucs in dramatic fashion

staff reports • Apr 28, 2014 at 6:34 AM

KENNESAW, Ga. — After using a five-run ninth inning to grab the lead, the East Tennessee State baseball team gave it back in the bottom of the inning.

Kennesaw State’s Chris McGowan hit a two-run, two-out home run in the ninth off of Clinton Freeman, giving the Owls a 9-8 victory over the Bucs and a three-game sweep in an Atlantic Sun Conference series.

The weekend’s results left ETSU 20-22 overall, 8-9 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State improved to 25-20, 11-9.

The Bucs got home runs from Tyler Roach and Kevin Phillips, who stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. Chris Cook was one of six Bucs to get two hits and he increased his hitting streak to 11 games.

ETSU had 13 hits. Also getting two were Jeremy Taylor, Chris Riopedre, Roach, Phillips and Zach Mize, who was making his first start since March 30.

McGowan’s blast gave Freeman his first loss out of the Bullpen since April 14, 2012. Freeman (1-4) was charged with seven runs (six earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

McGowan went 3 for 5 to lead a 14-hit Kennesaw State attack.

ETSU starter Jasmin McCann allowed two runs in five innings.

The Bucs return to action Wednesay with a non-conference game at Radford. They play host to USC Upstate in an A-Sun series this weekend, beginning with a 7:05 p.m. game on Friday.

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