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.
KENT, Ohio - A large crowd of incoming Kent State University freshmen gathered to show their support for the baseball team, playing Thursday in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
About 20 freshmen cheering "Let's Go Kent!" strolled into the student union Thursday afternoon, as the Golden Flashes took on South Carolina on national television.
"The incoming students are here for an overnight campus visit as part their orientation with 'Destination Kent State,'" said Eric Mansfield, the university's spokesman.
Kent State was scheduled to play South Carolina Wednesday night, but the game was rained out.
Dana Martin, 18, from Broadview Heights, said watching Kent in the tournament makes orientation week exciting.
"Just to see the energy and how everyone kind of comes together and celebrates it, it's really cool to see," Martin said.
Other freshmen were excited that the College World Series will help shine a spotlight on the university.
"Not too many people know about Kent State and with us on TV and winning so many games, it's going to bring more of a crowd," said Brennan Lance, 17, from Middleburg Heights.
"I think it's help us recruit more players and build the athletic department," said Alexa Maslowski, of Brunswick.
Unfortunately, the excitement from the incoming students turned to disappointment when the final pitch was thrown. Kent State lost to South Carolina 4-1.
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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.