Kennesaw State University Athletics

02/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/13/2020 14:39

Baseball Opens 2020 Hosting Atlanta Classic

By: Aury St. Germain

KENNESAW, Ga. - The 2020 Kennesaw State baseball team will take the diamond for the first time this weekend hosting the Atlanta Classic with Georgia Tech and Georgia State. The Owls will play host to St. John's on Friday, Saint Peter's on Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday, all at Stillwell Stadium.

Opponent: St. John's / Saint Peter's / Cincinnati
Date: Feb. 14, 15, 16
Time: 4 p.m. / 2 p.m. / 1 p.m.
Location: Stillwell Stadium

Live Stats / Watch (vs. St. John's)
Live Stats / Watch (vs. Saint Peter's)
Live Stats / Watch (vs. Cincinnati)

Pitching Matchups

Friday
KSU | LHP
St. John's | LHP Nick Mondak

Saturday
KSU | RHP
Saint Peter's | RHP Stephen Carbonara

Sunday
KSU | RHP
UC | LHP Drake Batcho

Top Storylines

• KSU entering the 2020 season after a 27-29 record in 2019, which included a win over eventual regional host West Virginia, and Head Coach 's 1,000th win at Kennesaw State (March 13 vs. Presbyterian, 7-3).

• Outfielder was selected as the Preseason ASUN Player of the Year. The senior led the conference in batting average in 2019 (.350) on his way to earning First Team All-Conference honors.

• joined Norman on the Preseason All-Conference list after having an impactful season in his first as an Owl in 2019. He mashed 12 home runs last season and hit .308. He was memorizing at the plate in league play, knocking in 25 runs while collecting 30 hits, which ranked second and sixth, respectfully.

• The Owls' weekend will return just one new face from last season. 2019 Saturday starter will see action on Friday's, while newcomer will see work on Satuday and sophomore will throw on Sunday.

• Kenneday saw 14 starts a season ago, finishing with a 5-3 record with 66 strikeouts with just 25 walks. Opponents hit just .282 versus the Virginia native.

• Rine saw almost all of his work out of the bullpen last season. He made 16 appearances in 2019, with just one start. He finished with a 3.44 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 36.2 innnings.

• The Owls will depend on shortstop in 2020. Last season, he finished the ASUN slate batting .378 which ended as the conference's fifth-best mark. He also recorded 153 assists, which ranked second in the league. He earned his way onto the 2019 Second Team All-Conference list.

• Sophomore is primed for a breakout season in his second as an Owl after impressing in the second half of 2019. The catcher finished the year batting .328 (second on the team with more than three at-bats) and slugged .420.

• Kennesaw State's bullpen will see many returning faces. Three of the four (, , ) lowest ERA's from 2019 will be back donning the Black and Gold.

• After using his redshirt season in 2019, will look to get significant playing time after the Owls lost three-year starter . He impressed coaches during fall and spring scrimmages with his bat and his ability in the field.

• Coach Sansing welcomed as Kennesaw State's pitching coach. McClanahan completed 18 seasons as the head coach at Gordon State College before his tenure as an Owl. There, he mentored 2019 15th round draft pick Adam Leverett, who went to the Phillies.

• The Owls' schedule is home-heavy, as expected, as Kennesaw State plays host to 31 baseball games throughout the season.

• Because KSU's official equipment sponsor Adidas discontinued making baseball bats, Kennesaw State will be swinging Easton bats for the 2020 season.