Justin McCalvin recorded a one-out save to register his team-leading 15th save of the season.
Sansing said he had a difficult decision to make when he pulled Bergen with two outs in the ninth.
“I think he was around 105 (pitches) going into the last inning. Still, commanding
the zone and we talked a little bit afterwards, and I thought he was very strong there (today). It was a tough decision (to pull him before the last out). It was at that point and J-Mac (McCalvin) did a great job all year, so we were just riding a lot of emotion with Travis.”
Crimson Tide starter Spencer Turnbull kept his team in the game with a strong showing of his own. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run. He walked four and struck out two.
Of the Crimson Tide’s five hits, two were doubles by Austen Smith, but otherwise, the Tide struggled at the plate.
“For starters, hats off to Kennesaw State,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I thought the pitcher did a terrific job today. They found a way, the way they have in the last 24 or 25 games, how to get a win. I thought on our end we certainly pitched well enough to win the game. We just couldn’t find any type of rhythm on the offensive end.”
The third-seeded Owls (38-21) next play at 5 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the Florida State-Georgia Southern game, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. The second-seeded Crimson Tide (34-23) will face the loser of the Florida State-Georgia Southen game at 1 p.m. Saturday.