Kennesaw State shuts out Alabama in NCAA regional opener


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Travis Bergen gave up just five hits in a career-high 8 2-3 innings as Kennesaw State defeated Alabama 1-0 on Friday in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Kal Simmons' sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored Brennan Morgan as the Owls (38-21) advance to play the Georgia Southern-Florida State winner on Saturday.

Alabams will play Florida State at 1 p.m. today. FSU lost to Georgia Southern 7-0.

Bergen (8-4) had three strikeouts and scattered five hits before being pulled after allowing a two-out double to Austen Smith in the bottom of the ninth. Justin McCalvin earned his 15th save of the season when he got Kyle Overstreet to fly out.

"Bergen did a terrific job today and just like they have in the last 24 to 25 games, Kennesaw State found a way to get a win," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said in a news release. "We pitched well enough to win the game, but we couldn't find any kind of

rhythm on the offensive end today."

Smith had two doubles, and Chance Vincent went 2-for-3 for Alabama (34-23).

"We knew going in that Bergen was going to throw fastballs and pitch away," Gaspard said.

"Our approach was to work away and stay up the middle of the field. We weren't able to get above the ball and our swings were too long. We worked all week on the approach and it didn't show up today."

Spencer Turnbull (5-7) walked four and allowed just three hits in 6 1-3 innings. In his last four starts.

Turnbull has allowed just five runs in 27 1-3 innings, yet he is 0-4 in those games.

Jay Shaw (Russell County) threw the final 2 2-3 innings innings for the Tide, allowing a hit with a walk and three strikeouts.

Hunter Webb (Russell County) appeared in the game as a pinch-runner.

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