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Former Panther pitcher helps Owls to solid season
Former Liberty County Panther and FPCA pitcher Richard Lovelady throws for the Kennesaw State Owls. - photo by Photo provided.

Kennesaw State’s baseball team won its first regular season title, going 17-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but fell short of winning the A-Sun Championship last week.

During the A-Sun Conference tournament, the Owls lost 13-7 against Stetson and 6-0 against Florida Gulf Coast.
According to the university’s athletic website, some of the Owls’ success this year is being attributed to their addition of former Liberty County High School and First Presbyterian Christian Academy baseball player Richard Lovelady.

Lovelady had 14 appearances in conference play, posting a 2-0 mark and a 0.92 ERA in 19.2 innings out of the pen. He led the team with 35 appearances, holding a 4-3 record and a 3.02 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched.
His 35 appearances ranked third in the NCAA, just five shy of breaking Justin McCalvin’s 39 appearances for the most in a single season in Division I history.

Lovelady, a lefty, had 51 strikeouts and 25 walks while opponents batted just .179 against him.
Lovelady started his collegiate baseball career at East Georgia State, but signed with Kennesaw in November 2014.
Last summer, Lovelady also played for the New England Collegiate League’s Ocean State Waves and was selected to the league’s Southern Division All-Star team.

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