Alabama baseball’s season came to an end with a 4-2 loss to Kennesaw State on Monday in the championship game of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
After losing its opening game of the regional, the Crimson Tide (37-24) needed four straight victories to advance to a Super Regional, but came up one short.
Kennesaw State’s Travis Bergen (9-4) was named the regional’s most outstanding player. He earned the win Monday after throwing 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.
Down 4-2 heading in the top of the ninth inning, the Tide got a walk by Ben Moore and a single from Wade Wass to put the tying runs on the board with just one out.
But the Tide’s rally stalled after Austen Smith popped out to first base and Kyle Overstreet struck out.
After going 8 2/3 innings against Alabama on Friday night, Bergen didn’t allow a run. He gave up just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. Owls’ pitcher Justin McCalvin recorded his 16th save after getting the final two outs.
Alabama’s Jay Shaw made his first career start, throwing a season-high 4 2/3 innings. Shaw gave up two runs on three hits with three walks.
Alabama relief pitcher Thomas Burrows (4-2) took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and just one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Offensively, Wass had three of Alabama’s six hits, finishing 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. William Elliott, Georgie Salem and Overstreet each had singles while Smith had an RBI.
The Owls (40-22) had seven hits on the day. Kennesaw State’s Jacob Bruce went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Max Pentecost had a double and an RBI while Chris McGowan scored a run. Coming off the bench, Jeremy Howell scored a run and had an RBI.
Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.