Ospreys, Owls Add to Historic Rivalry with Extra-Inning Battle

Friday, May 24, 2013

DELAND, Fla. – North Florida pinch hitter Garrick Ferguson reached on a RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 12th inning to secure a 8-7 victory over Kennesaw State in the second round of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship on Friday.

The game marked the 70th meeting between the two programs, with North Florida (40-17; 18-9) tying Kennesaw State (27-29; 13-14) in the all-time meeting record at 35-35. The Osprey now remain only one of the two unbeaten teams in the tournament.

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UNF pitcher David Trexler entered in the fifth inning and pitched through seven a third to pick up the win and improve to 5-4 on the year. Trexler marked a season high of eight strikeouts breaking his previous record of six strikeouts, which he set against KSU earlier this season.

The Owls burned through eight pitchers in the game with Will Solomon picking up the loss after entering in the 12th. Solomon now falls to 2-5 on the season.

The Osprey’s centerfielder Donnie Dewees finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with one run, one RBI and two doubles. Dewees is now 4-for-8 in the tournament with two runs and two total RBI.

KSU catcher Max Pentecost recorded his second homer of the tournament with a three-run shot down the left-field line in the top of the fifth. Pentecost ended 2-for-6 with four RBI and one run.

Third baseman Peyton Hart singled to centerfield in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7 and send it into extra innings. Hart ended 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

No. 7 KSU will remain in the tournament with one loss to face No. 6 Lipscomb at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The winner of that game will progress on to face No. 3 North Florida on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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