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 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. It forced the cancelation of Wednesday night's game.
Kent State head baseball coach Scott Stricklin said cancelling a game of this magnitude was "the right move."
He will come back with Wednesday's scheduled starter Tyler Skulina again Thursday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. central, noon eastern.
"Baseball players are an unusual group and made the most of the rain delay by staying loose by taking phantom batting practice swings and playing hangman in the lockeroom," Stricklin said.
This is just the fourth time Kent State has ever played South Carolina. The two teams met in South Carolina in 1997 with the Gamecocks taking two out of the three games.
Good news for the Golden Flashes as they will get designated hitter Jason Bagoly back. Bagoly, whose mom Cheryl died suddenly last week, has been home in Austintown the past two days for family services. Coach Stricklin said he hopes Bagoly will make it to Thursday's game by the eighth inning and will ask if possible to get "a police escort" for him.
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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.