Hen­der­son notches ca­reer-high 16 K's

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KEN­NE­SAW — Amanda Hen­der­son, who ear­lier won her first At­lantic Sun Player of the Week honors, had an­other first.

The for­mer East­side stand­out tal­lied 16 strike­outs in a 3-1 win over Ge­or­gia State in the night­cap of a dou­ble­header Satur­day.

Ken­ne­saw State dropped the first game 3-1.

The Owls (15-12) had their is­sues of­fen­sively through­out the af­ter­noon, notch­ing just 10 hits across the two con­tests, but were able to se­cure the split of the twin bill with a three-run fourth in­ning in the sec­ond game, tak­ing ad­van­tage of two Ge­or­gia State (20-7) er­rors. Brit­tany Moore would drive in the first run af­ter hit­ting a ground ball to short with one out that would score Kierra Koln, who was pinch run­ning for Jes­sica Cross, from third base. With the 1-0 lead in hand, Lind­say Vollmer would hit a base hit up the mid­dle that would score Moore and Bianca Du­rant, giv­ing the Owls a, 3-0, ad­van­tage.

Hen­der­son was dom­i­nant for stretches on the way to mov­ing to 6-4 on the sea­son.

Her 16-strike­out per­for­mance marked her fifth dou­ble-digit strike­out ef­fort of 2012 and was part of her team-lead­ing sev­enth com­plete game of the sea­son.

While she al­lowed base run­ners in five out of seven in­nings, the Pan­thers were only able to push across a sin­gle run against the sopho­more in the sev­enth in­ning, with Hen­der­son strik­ing out the last two bat­ters of the game with one out and the ty­ing runs on base. She also al­lowed the first two Ge­or­gia State bat­ters to reach in the top of the fifth, but re­tired the next three Pan­thers to step to the plate to get out of the jam un­scathed.

It was Ge­or­gia State that used a three-run in­ning to drive them­selves to vic­tory. With the Owls lead­ing 1-0 head­ing into the top of the fourth, Jes­sica Cross would al­low her first home run of the sea­son to Jes­sica Clifton, and then al­lowed three straight hits that would drive in two more runs be­fore she was re­placed in the cir­cle by Abbey Mixon with no­body out.

Mixon would strike out a pair of Pan­thers and would al­low a base hit, but Kaylee Wil­liams would take a re­lay throw from Natalie Rhodes in cen­ter­field and throw out Cal­lie Al­ford at home to keep it a two-run game. The Owls had their op­por­tu­ni­ties to pull even with the vis­i­tors late in the opener, strand­ing run­ners at the cor­ners in the sixth in­ning be­fore load­ing the bases in the sev­enth af­ter a pair of walks and a Pan­ther er­ror. In the end, though, it was a Kaylee Wil­liams in­field sin­gle in the sec­ond in­ning that would rep­re­sent all of the Owls run pro­duc­tion in the opener.

Ken­ne­saw State takes the field again on Thurs­day evening, when they take on the Sam­ford Bull­dogs at Bai­ley Park at 6 p.m. There will be free food for the first 200 stu­dents to ar­rive.


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