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. - 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 win for Kent State is their first College World Series win in the school's history. It also guarantees they will live to play another day.
The Flashes jumped on Florida starter Hudson Randall for a run in the first inning. Randall would leave after just 16 pitches due to dehydration. Kent struck for three more runs in the second after consecutive singles by Jimmy Rider, David Lyon and George Roberts increased the Golden Flashes lead to 4-0.
Florida answered with a run in the third on an RBI single by Mike Zunino.
Jimmy Rider scored after back-to-back wild pitches in the fourth inning to give the Golden Flashes what proved to be the game-winning run and make a winner out of starter Ryan Bores of Strongsville.
Bores, who has earned the nickname, "Big Game," was big game again for Kent. Bores, in temperatures that reached 102 degrees on the field, gave the Flashes six solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out one and walking two.
Josh Pierce survived a rocky ninth inning, including a huge check swing third strike called by third base umpire Jeff Henrichs. Justin Shafer then flew out to end the game and Kent is moving on.
The Flashes will play Wednesday at 8 p.m. against two-time defending college world series champ South Carolina.
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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.