Kennesaw’s Pentecost named A-Sun player of the year

Kennesaw State’s Max Pentecost was named the Atlantic Sun Conference’s baseball player of the year on Tuesday.

Pentecost, a catcher in the midst of a nation-leading 35-game hitting streak, led the Owls in most hitting categories during the regular season to become the first player in school history to earn the award. The team is the third seed in the conference tournament and will play East Tennessee State in Wednesday’s first round in Fort Myers.

Pentecost hit a team-leading .422 with eight homers and a conference-leading 54 RBIs. He also led the Owls with 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts. He was second on the team with 50 runs scored.

He was first in the conference in total bases (144), second in slugging percentage (.626) and fourth in on-base percentage (.477).

Pentecost, a native of Winder, is expected to be a top-20 pick in June’s amateur draft.

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In addition, closer Justin McCalvin was named to Atlantic Sun’s first team after setting a school record with 12 saves this year. Making the second team were shortstop Kal Simmons, center fielder Bo Way, right fielder Alex Liquori and starting pitcher Jordan Hillyer. Making the freshmen team were pitchers Gabe Friese and Chris Erwin.

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