Georgia baseball breaks home run record with 9-3 win over Kennesaw State | Georgia

Georgia baseball breaks home run record with 9-3 win over Kennesaw State | Georgia
Georgia baseball breaks home run record with 9-3 win over Kennesaw State | Georgia Sports

Georgia baseball traveled over to Kennesaw State and broke another record along the way.

Following a 5-4 win over No. 1 Texas A&M, where projected No. 1 overall pick Charlie Condon broke Georgia’s single-season and career home run record, the team elected to follow suit.

The Bulldogs hit four home runs in their 9-3 win over Kennesaw State and broke the team’s record for most home runs in a season — a record that was last set in 2009. The Bulldogs eclipsed 113 home runs through just 44 games, while it took the 2009 team 62 games to hit 109 home runs.

“I challenged our team to bring the energy tonight and be locked in,” head coach Wes Johnson said. “Our routine was a little different today with the chance of rain here so we hit in Athens before coming over. All in all, I “thought our guys played well.”

Condon was the first to strike in this game, as his two-run, home run brought himself and leadoff hitter Corey Collins home for an early 2-0 lead.

Two more home runs from Kolby Branch and Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth were key in a five-run inning, which nearly put the game out of reach. A final home run from Slate Alford in the seventh made it nearly impossible for the Owls to close the gap.

With final insurance run off a Dylan Goldstein double in the eighth inning, six Bulldogs had at least one RBI in this game, with Condon, Branch and Gonzalez each having two.

Zach Harris started on the mound for the Bulldogs and earned a win after a clean game through his three innings on the mound. He allowed no hits, one walk and led the game with five strikeouts.

“Zach was real good again, that’s back-to-back starts where he has thrown the ball exceptionally well,” Johnson said. “He’s ready and has made that jump so a chance to see him on the weekend. The guys came in tonight and were attacking the strike zone and Zach set the tempo.”

Johnson sent out seven pitchers in this contest and the group finished with 12 total strikeouts.

Max DeJong, who was brought in at the end of the game to close it out, nearly allowed a small comeback from Kennesaw State. He allowed three hits and two runs to score at the bottom of the ninth but rallied back and put the Owls away to end the game.

The Bulldogs, with several records now in hand, travel back to Athens to face Vanderbilt at home in a three-game series, with the first game kicking off on Friday at 6 pm

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