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. - 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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Kent State Baseball
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.