TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA -- Travis Bergen gave up just five hits in a career-high 8 2-3 innings as Kennesaw State defeated Alabama 1-0 on Friday in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.<br />
Kal Simmons' sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored Brennan Morgan as the Owls (38-21) advance to play the Georgia Southern-Florida State winner on Saturday.<br />
Bergen (8-4) had three strikeouts and scattered five hits before being pulled after allowing a two-out double to Austen Smith in the bottom of the ninth. Justin McCalvin earned his 15th save of the season when he got Kyle Overstreet to fly out.<br />
Smith had two doubles and Chance Vincent went 2 for 3 for Alabama (34-23), which will play the Georgia Southern-FSU loser in an elimination game on Saturday.<br />
Spencer Turnbull (5-7) walked four and allowed just three hits in 6 1-3 innings.
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