The Kent State baseball team will begin play tonight in NCAA Regional play at Arizona State. The Sun Devils have a tradition rich program with five national championships and players such as Barry Bonds and Reggie Jackson have played there.
While some fans have complained that the Golden Flashes got a tough draw, being a four seed and playing a team as accomplished as Arizona State, head coach Scott Stricklin sees it the other way. "I'm telling our guys that Arizona State is not happy about playing us either," Stricklin told the Record Courier. "They are a national seed and here they have to play a team in the first round that was nationally ranked for half the year. Some people let me know that we got a bad draw, that we got the shaft, but I look at it the other way. Arizona State is probably saying 'Kent State is a pretty darn good team, maybe we got the shaft a little bit on this draw.' "
Kent State can expect to face Mike Leake, the two time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Leak is 14-1, with a 1.24 ERA on the season. Fans can listen to Ty Linder on the play by play at www.kentstatesports.com at 10p.m. tonight.