Alabama (34-22) head coach Mitch Gaspard announced Thursday night that RHP Spencer Turnbell will start Friday morning against Kennesaw State (37-21.) Turnbull has a 5-6 win-loss record, with an impressive ERA of 2.28.
Here's the scouting report on the #3 seeded Owls: Kennesaw State is making their first ever appearance after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament last week with a impressive 7-1 win over heavy-favorited Lipscomb. The Owls are 37-21 overall and have won 23 of their last 24 games, dating back to April 6th.
As a team, the Owls are hitting a eye-popping .301 while averaging 6.1 RPG and 11 HPG. The Owls are lead by junior catcher Max Pentecost who has a .423 BA with 9 HR, 55 RBI, 21 doubles, and 55 RS.
On the mound, KSU has a team ERA of 3.50, while allowing 4.5 RPG, and 9.3 HPG. Jordan Hillyer has a 7-3 record with a 3.36 ERA and a team high 71 K in 93.2 innings in 15 starts. Travis Bergen is the other ace starting pitcher for the Owls. Bergen is 7-4 with a 2.74 ERA in just 14 starts. I expect Travis Bergen to start Friday's game and Jordan Hillyer to pitch on Saturday for Kennesaw State. Now to the Owls bullpen, with closer Justin McClavin who has been solid all year long, appearing in a team-high 35 games, posting a 4-3 record with 14 saves and a ERA of 2.24
Final Prediction: Alabama 5, Kennesaw State 0