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After Beating Oregon this past week we have a Cinderella story in the making. :thumbs_up:

Good luck Golden Flashes in the College CWS!!!



The Golden Flashes are the first MAC team to reach the CWS since Eastern Michigan in 1976. It has been suggested that success is at least partially due to unseasonably warm whether this winter that allowed teams in the north to get on their fields in February, more than a month earlier than usual for many schools in the area. Perhaps that did allow Kent State pitchers to warm up their arms. The staff ERA was a sparkling 3.49. They were supported by an offense averaging 6.8 runs per game.

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I've had the chance to hear Scott Stricklin speak at several clinics, he's the real deal. Hope we can keep him for a few more years!
 

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hope they continue to win...remember when mike shimdt was a bobcat...he used to knock homeruns out on the womens atheletic building which is gone now...:D
 

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The Bruins handled stony brook last night pretty easily. Scored 5 in the 1st and won 9-1. Arizona then won later in the evening 4-3. Well played game and enjoyed the pitching duel.

Kent starts off tonight at 5:00 against Arkansas-They have a shot as long as they keep on playing well. Stricklin is knowledgeable enough to go-toe to toe- with other coaches and will handle the staff well as long as they compete.

Arkansas, 44-20 on the season, advanced to the College World Series after winning the Waco Super Regional over No. 4 Baylor in three games.

The Razorbacks are hitting .273 as a team. The Arkansas pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.90. Junior right hander DJ Baxendale will start on Saturday vs. Kent State. Baxendale has started 18 games and has a 7-5 record with a 3.18 ERA.

Kent State (46-18) advanced to the College World Series for the first time in program history after defeating Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional.

Kent State is hitting .302 as a team. On the mound, the Golden Flashes have a team ERA of 3.49. Kent State has not announced its starting pitcher for Saturday’s game.

Kent's Pitching staff includes- Casey Wilson has pitched in a team-high 28 games and has a team-leading seven saves with a 1-0 record and a 3.74 ERA. Eric Dorsch has appeared in 21 games, all in relief, and is 1-1 with two saves and a 3.15 ERA. Brian Clark has a 5-0 record with four saves and a 1.59 ERA in 20 appearances, while Josh Pierce is 1-0 with two saves and a 2.93 ERA in 19 outings.
 

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Doesn'T Kent State have a deaf player maybe one of the Indians annoucers.
Indians announcer of over 20 years- Tom Hamilton has a son, Nick that plays for KSU. He was there with him at the CWS.

KSU Has a rough start yesterday- feel behind early and never recovered. They play the #1 ranked team, Florida in the losers bracket, on Monday who lost to the the defending champions Gamecocks last nght. Not going to be easy for the Golden Flashes.
 

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and the Cinderella's continue on winning, beating the #1 seed Florida last night, and they did it with the help of the DH!!!:thumbs_up:

Another unlikely hero for Kent State......

As Kent State kept changing relief pitchers late in Monday's College World Series elimination game in a desperate attempt to find one who'd throw a strike and get a Florida batter out, Jason Bagoly watched nervously from a familiar place in the third-base dugout.

Bagoly's night as a player was done in the bottom of the seventh inning; Kent State's starting designated hitter was subbed for a pinch runner after driving a double to deep center field for his second hit of the game.

That's impressive, but not especially remarkable until you consider a few things. Such as . . .

• Bagoly previously hadn't played at all in seven NCAA tournament games. His last appearance was May 24, in the second game of four Kent State played in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

• Florida was the No. 1 national seed. Kent State, the first MAC team to make the CWS since 1976, needed every hit, every run and every stroke of luck it got in holding on to beat Florida 5-4 on Monday. Kent State now will face two-time defending champ South Carolina on Wednesday in another elimination game.

• Tuesday morning, Bagoly flies home for his mother's funeral services.

Cheryl McHenry died unexpectedly last Thursday while at work near Youngstown, Ohio, a day after Kent State had arrived in Omaha. She was 50.

Bagoly, a junior backup catcher, decided to stay with the team. The Golden Flashes are wearing Cheryl McHenry's initials on their hats at the College World Series, but there was little reason to think they'd need her son to help ensure they'd play another day.

That's where credit goes to Kent State coach Scott Stricklin for taking a chance on inserting a kid Stricklin said had spent the past few days "getting a lot of hugs" from his teammates into the lineup. By Monday evening, they were joyous bear hugs.

When Bagoly scored in the second inning, every Kent State player in the dugout greeted him with a high-five at the top of the dugout steps.

"I think Jason needed that," Stricklin said. "I think his family needed that. I'm just really proud that he's on our team."
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Rained out last night- Makeup is today at noon. IF they win they play Arkansas tonight at 9:00 PM.

Good luck Golden Flashes-:thumbs_up:
 

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....KSU down 4-1 in the 5th inning. Need some hits guys!!!
 

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They gave it their best shot-but came up short.....

Defending champs knock out Kent St. 4-1

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.

Kent State got on the board first against South Carolina ace Michael Roth on an RBI single to left from Flashes third baseman Sawyer Polen. South Carolina answered right back with two in the bottom half of the inning both rubs coming with two outs on back to back singles by Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead.

South Carolina added two more runs in the bottom of the third on a long two run homerun to right by Gamecocks cleanup hitter LB Dantzler to extend the South Carolina lead to 4-1.

Roth who is 7-0 all time in his NCAA post season career, settled down to retire the final 22 Golden Flashes in a row for the win.

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