KENT, Ohio - The Kent State baseball team will take on Louisville this Friday at 6 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament.
The Golden Flashes won an automatic bid after defeating rival Akron 3-0 in the MAC Championship game at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.
Kent State was given the fourth seed in the Louisville region after finishing the season at 36-21. That means they will take on top seeded Louisville on its home turf.
Also in the region will be 2 seeded Kentucky and 3 seeded Kansas. Just two years ago, the Golden Flashes survived a 21 inning thriller to beat Kentucky 7-6. Kent State would eventually advance to the College World Series after defeating Oregon in walk-off fashion. They would also beat top seeded Florida for its first ever College World Series win in the school’s history.
Some of the players on that 2012 are back for a second run and looking to earn another trip to Omaha. One of those players is senior outfielder T.J. Sutton who last weekend took this famous leap into the pile after Kent State beat Akron.
NCAA Regionals are played in a double-elimination format with the winner advancing to Super Regionals.