Kennesaw State 8, S.C. Upstate 6

May 15, 2005

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A rain delay of almost two hours couldn't cool off the Kennesaw State offense as the top-seeded Owls battled through the loser's bracket to claim their ninth NCAA regional title in the last 11 years with an 8-6 win over USC Upstate in the finals of the South Atlantic Regional Championship Tournament at the Bobbie Bailey Athletic Complex.

Tournament Most Valuable Player, Keri McKee, had a homer as part of her 2-for-3 performance to lead the Owls to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Salem, Virginia next weekend.

After the rain delay, the Spartans took a 3-1 lead in the third on a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double from third baseman Jena Keith. Kennesaw State answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs to take the lead for good.

McKee had a sacrifice fly to drive in a run, while Amy Middleton had an RBI single, and Chelce Culberson followed with a single that brought in a run and another run that was scored on interference.

Jennifer Nolan, who had a tournament leading seven runs batted in, continued her hot hitting with a two-run triple that was part of a three-run Owl fourth inning to give Kennesaw State an 8-3 lead.

The Spartans fought back, putting three runs on the board in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Ashleigh Beck and an error in the outfield which scored two runs.

Lisa Lamb, who had recorded a pair of wins on Saturday, got the save, pitching 2 2/3 innings of relief for Janet Kearns, who picked up her second win of the tournament.

Beck was 2-for-2 to lead the Spartans, who finished the season with a record of 46-15. Culberson was 2-for-3 as the Owls improve to 53-11 on the year.

                          The Automated ScoreBook
                             USC Upstate vs Kennesaw State
                   May 15, 2005 at Kennesaw, Georgia (Bailey Complex)

USC Upstate 6 (46-15)                         Kennesaw State 8 (53-11)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
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Krista Altom cf............  4  2  0  0       Jen Hunt lf................  4  1  1  0
Katie Adams 2b.............  3  2  1  0       Lori Cassell 2b............  3  1  1  0
Jena Keith 3b..............  3  0  1  3       Keri McKee 1b..............  3  2  2  2
Allie Cyrill c.............  3  0  0  1       Cambria McKay c............  3  2  1  1
 Jessie Burroughs pr.......  0  1  0  0       Jennifer Nolan 3b..........  2  1  1  2
Tiffany Pitcher dh.........  4  0  0  0       Amy Middleton cf...........  3  0  1  1
Erin Driggers ss...........  4  0  1  0        Kate Winstel rf...........  0  0  0  0
Ashleigh Beck 1b...........  2  0  2  1       Chelce Culberson dh........  3  0  2  1
Terra Goswick rf...........  3  1  1  0       Amanda Malcom ss...........  3  0  0  0
Shay Slater lf.............  3  0  1  0       Kelley Cowart rf...........  2  1  0  0
Kasey Heron p..............  0  0  0  0       Janet Kearns p.............  0  0  0  0
 Jessica Jolley p..........  0  0  0  0        Lisa Lamb p...............  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 29  6  7  5       Totals..................... 26  8  9  7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
USC Upstate......... 003 030 0 -  6  7  3
Kennesaw State...... 104 300 X -  8  9  2
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E - Adams(8); Driggers(14); Beck(3); Cassell(13); Cowart(4). LOB - Spartans 6; Owls
4. 2B - Keith(6). 3B - Nolan(4); Culberson(2). HR - McKee(12). HBP - Keith; Cowart.
SH - Cassell(9). SF - Cyrill(2); McKee(2). SB - Altom(23).

USC Upstate                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Kasey Heron  L,16-7........   3.2  7  6  5  1  2   0  0  1  0   16 20   4  4
Jessica Jolley ............   2.1  2  2  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   10 10   0  6

Kennesaw State                 IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Janet Kearns  W,17-4.......   4.1  4  6  4  2  1   0  0  1  0   18 22   7  5
Lisa Lamb  S,2.............   2.2  3  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0   11 11   0  6

HB - Heron; Kearns. PB - Cyrill(5).

Strikeouts - Cyrill 2; Goswick; Hunt; Culberson; Malcom. Walks - Adams; Beck; Nolan.

Umpires - Home:Glenda Holcomb  1st:Cindy Arnold  3rd:Frank Holcomb
Start: 2:15 PM   Time: 3:21   Attendance: 225
Game: BOX11

Game notes:
Kennesaw State advances to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in
Salem, Va. There was a rain delay of 1:46.
a 4-0 edge in the series.






-- Courtesy Kennesaw State