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. - In the second inning, number nine hitter Jake Wise extended the Razorbacks lead with a two out solo homerun and the hogs never looked back.
Arkansas made it a 3-0 lead in the fifth on an rbi single from Joe Serrano. The Golden Flashes answered with a run in the sixth on a solo homerun to left from Kent senior shortstop Jimmy Rider, it was Rider's sixth homerun of the year and cut the Arkansas lead to 3-1. Arkansas added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two run double to left from Matt Vinson. Vinson finished the game with 4 rbi after adding another two run double in the eighth.
Starn was done for the day after the two run double and never seemed to settle down after that opening inning. Starn has had troubles finding the strike zone of late, walking six today while giving up five earned runs on six hits.
Arkansas pitcher A.J.Baxendale was tough on the Golden Flashes tossing six plus innings of three hit baseball while striking out five on the day before he was relieved with one out in the sixth.
The loss drops the Golden Flashes into the losers bracket and Kent will play the loser of two time defending champ South Carolina and Florida on Monday at 4 p.m.
Video player contains postgame comments from players Jimmy Rider, George Roberts, David Starn and manager Scott Stricklin.
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.