AVON- I made the short trek from my house over to All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon to watch the Kent State baseball team (19-16) play Cleveland State (8-21) on Wednesday afternoon. The result was a 6-3 win for the Golden Flashes. Kent State has now won 14 of their last 19 baseball games.
Sophomore Ryan Mace (Tallmadge) picked up his first win of the season for KSU. Sophomores Kyle McMillen (Hoban) and Jimmy Rider both went 3 for 5 from the plate with McMillen contributing three RBI.
The Flashes struck for five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead.
Kent State will return home this weekend to host Central Michigan for the final MAC West series of the season.
PORRINI SIGNS WITH KSU - 6-2, 200 pound Massillon native Michael Porrini signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play for Geno Ford and the Flashes. Porrini spent this past season playing for Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Michael join our program,” said Ford. “He is a tough and physical player that does a lot of things well on the basketball court. We expect him to come in and help fill the void left by the graduation of three of our perimeter players.”
Porrini prepped at Massillon-Washington High School. In addition to being a star on the hardwood, Porrini was also a talented football player for the Tigers. He was rated as the fourth best point guard in the state of Ohio and the 15th best prospect in the state.
Porrini spent a season at Western Carolina during the 2007-08 season under Ford's mentor, Larry Hunter. Porrini averaged 11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Porrini should step in right away and be in the rotation in the backcourt along with returning players Rod Sherman and Randal Holt. He joins Mark Henniger from Massillon on next season's roster. The Golden Flashes could have a distinct northeast Ohio flare on their roster for next season. Porrini, Henniger (Massillon) and Holt (Bedford) could join Robert Johnson (Bedford) as four of the top nine or ten players in KSU's rotation, all from northeast Ohio.
MAC HOOPS NEWS - The Akron Zips' basketball program has had some roster turnover in the last few days. Check out Rasor on the Zips for the latest news.
Central Michigan head coach Ernie Ziegler was just signed to a four year contract extension. Now it looks like he will get the opportunity to coach his son Trey, who is ranked the 26th best player in the nation by Rivals.com. Ziegler will be choosing CMU over such schools as UCLA, Michigan State, Michigan and Arizona State.
Six players from the mess that is the Toledo Rockets' men's basketball program will be transferring.
The Northern Illinois Huskies' roster has also undergone changes. Head coach Ricardo Patton isn't exactly being painted in the best picture in this report. Talented backcourt players Darion Anderson and Mike DiNunno will not be back in the program for next season.
FOOTBALL NOTES - The Record Courier has some Kent State football coverage, including the improvement and emergence of wide receiver Sam Kirkland as well as the defense dominating on Wednesday.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS - My thoughts and prayers go out to Akron guard Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens and his family. Craig Hitchens, Anthony's father, was found dead Tuesday morning in his home.