Michael Roth improved his post season career record to 8-0 with a complete game two-hitter to eliminate Kent State and end the best post season run in school history 4-1.
OMAHA, Neb. - By plane, by car, by RV and by bus, fans of Kent State University came to Omaha to support their Golden Flashes in the NCAA College World Series.
A bus chartered by KSU alum Josh Cribbs spent 15 hours crossing the Midwest to arrive here in Nebraska for the Saturday afternoon game.
A sign of how enthusiastic support of the Kent baseball team has been can be seen in ticket sales. Kent State was the only school of the eight in the playoffs to sell all 700 tickets they were allotted.
One fan said visiting the college world series had been on his"bucket list" for years by having his Kent State team in the world series was the perfect Father's Day gift for him.
Another fan used the trip as a present for his girlfriend.
"It's been an unreal experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat," said Ryan Orr.
Orr brought his girlfriend Michelle Martinez to the game for her birthday.
"It's so much fun, I love baseball. I'm so excited for Kent, I really hope they win," Martinez said.
The setting of the game and aura surrounding the college world series amazed Billy Hostetler of Wooster.
"It's more than I could ever dream of, it's ridiculous."
I'm in Omaha, with NewsChannel 5 Sports Reporter Mike Cairns, to cover Kent State's run through the College World Series. We'll have reports and updates throughout the weekend, here on newsnet5.com
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A large crowd of incoming Kent State University freshmen gathered to show their support for the baseball team, who took on South Carolina in the College World Series.
Kent State lives to play another day in Omaha, thanks to Mother Nature. A severe weather front moved across Omaha at 5:30 p.m. central time, sending heavy rains and lightning with it.
Kent State's game against South Carolina was postponed until 11 a.m. CT Thursday in the College World Series.
Before they ever dreamed of playing in the College World Series, three Kent State University baseball players played together at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.
Kent State scored four unearned runs and another on a wild pitch, then held off Florida's comeback bid in the ninth to eliminate the top-seeded Gators from the College World Series with a 5-4 victory Monday.
Kent State struck quickly against the top-ranked Florida Gators Monday night in Omaha scoring four runs in the first two innings and holding on to eliminate Florida 5-4 and live to play another day.
The Kent State baseball team went thru its final practice today at Bellevue East high school in Bellevue, Nebraska. The team looked relaxed and confident on the eve of the biggest game in the history of the program.
Kent State senior lefty David Starn got off to a rocky start against sixth ranked Arkansas and it cost him today. Starn walked three batters in the first inning en route to an early Arkansas run as he struggled finding the strike zone and Arkansas went on to beat Kent State 8-1.
By plane, by car, by RV and by bus, fans of Kent State University came to Omaha to support their Golden Flashes in the NCAA College World Series.