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.
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - 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.
Warriors head baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said he could tell right away the players were special athletes, and people, when they were on his team.
KSU's starting pitcher for Wednesday night's College World Series matchup against South Carolina is Strongsville native Tyler Skulina. He's a righty and 2010 graduate of Walsh Jesuit.
Former Walsh teammates David Starn and Tim Faix, both left-handed pitchers, also play for Kent.
"It's just an overwhelming sense of pride and excitement. There's a buzz in the air for what's going on at Kent State. We're so thrilled," said Kaczmar. "The amount of love we have for our three players and really the whole coaching staff at Kent State we like to think of as an extension of our family."
More than a hundred top high school baseball prospects gathered at Walsh Jesuit High School to run drills for scouts from colleges and the major leagues on Wednesday. Players were timed in the 60 yard dash and put through a host of other drills under the scorching sun.
Coach Kaczmar started the event "Showcase For The Cure" to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Several friends of the Walsh Jesuit community have died from cancer, including 2002 baseball player Kevin Neff who was just a sophomore at the time.
Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro delivered a heartfelt and inspiring talk to baseball players and their families.
"It takes more than talent to play baseball at the big league level."
Shapiro looks for certain qualities in every ball player. Toughness, someone who never uses excuses, as well as a person who is dependable, consistent and has character are his top prospects.
Asked about Kent State's special season "It's another point of pride. Great coaching and players. It's great to see so many local kids represented as well," Shapiro said. "To me, it's representative of better baseball in northeast Ohio than people are aware of and it's waking up the country to that."
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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.