KJ Harrison has experienced a couple of firsts this summer. On June 19, playing for Oregon State, he hit the first grand slam in a College World Series game played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Harrison hit a first pitch 89 mile per hour fast ball over the left center field fence off LSU’s Hunter Newman- a 6-3 righty from Calvary Baptist in Savannah.
What a coincidence. Harrison faced Jeremy Beasley, a 6-3 right-hander from Toombs County, to lead off the top of the fifth inning and he hit a solo home run over the left field fence. His third homer of the summer and the first long ball allowed by Beasley as a professional. Jeremy got a second shot at Harrison in the sixth and he retired him on a fly ball to center to end the inning. Harrison was a third round choice of the Milwaukee Brewers and was selected 84th overall, He received a 667,000 signing bonus.
That earned run ended Beasley’s consecutive scoreless streak at 14 1/3 innings. Jeremy pitched three innings and allowed only one hit with two strikeouts and two walks. He walked two batters in the sixth and stranded them at second and third base. He retired Helena three up, three down in the seventh prior to leaving with the game tied at 5. Helena won the game 8-7 as the Orem Owlz record dropped to a still Pioneer League-leading 35-14
Helena Top of the 5th
Pitching Change: Jeremy Beasley replaces Mitchell Traver.
Defensive Substitution: Harrison Wenson replaces catcher Keinner Pina, batting 5th, playing catcher.
KJ Harrison homers (3) on a line drive to left field.
Jay Feliciano flies out to left fielder Kevin Williams Jr.
Payton Henry strikes out swinging, catcher Harrison Wenson to first baseman Angel Molina.
Gabriel Garcia pops out to first baseman Angel Molina
Helena Top of the 6th
Chad McClanahan walks.
Nic Pierre pops out to third baseman Franklin Torres in foul territory.
Antonio Pinero reaches on a fielding error by pitcher Jeremy Beasley. Chad McClanahan to 2nd.
Nick Roscetti grounds out to first baseman Angel Molina. Chad McClanahan to 3rd. Antonio Pinero to 2nd.
Jose Gomez walks.
KJ Harrison flies out to center fielder Brandon Marsh.
Helena Top of the 7th
Jay Feliciano grounds out, second baseman Matt McCann to first baseman Angel Molina.
Payton Henry strikes out swinging.
Gabriel Garcia pops out to first baseman Angel Molina.
Jeremy Beasley Statistics