OMAHA, Neb. - Standing in the Golden Flashes way of an extended stay in Omaha is number one ranked Florida. Monday's matchup will be just the fourth time the two teams have ever played with the Flashes holding a 2-1 series lead, all of the games being played in Gainesville five years ago.
Junior Ryan Bores of Strongsville gets the start for Kent State. Bores won the biggest game to date for the Golden Flashes when he beat Purdue the day after their 21-inning marathon win over Kentucky. Bores comes into Monday's game with a 9-3 record and a 3.35 era.
Head coach Steve Stricklin refers to Bores as his "big game pitcher." Stricklin went on top say "if he (Bores) gives us a start like the last one then we are capable of going out and shocking some people."
Florida will counter with junior Hudson Randall who is arguably the school's most accomplished postseason pitcher in school history. In 15 starts this season, the right-hander is 9-2 with a 2.61 era. Randall has permitted two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts.
Kent State sophmore outfielder T.J. Sutton of Canton Glen Oak High School said he likes that teams overlook the Flashes and he "hopes the Gators will continue to let Kent State fly under the radar and the team will use the motivation to their advantage"
The elimination game will be the first one played at TD Ameritrade Park on Monday. The first pitch is at 5 p.m.
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