Holding a 2-0 lead in game 2 of the Eugene Super Regional, the Golden Flashes were nine outs away from their first trip to the College World Series in school history.
KSU starting pitcher Ryan Bores had been spectacular through six innings, allowing only three hits and no runs. He was even perfect through the first three.
No. 5 ranked Oregon finally pounced for three runs on three hits and two KSU errors in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead and suck the momentum out of the Kent State dugout.
The Golden Flashes had the tying run in scoring position with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning (the game was in Eugene, Ore. but KSU played as the home team) after T.J. Sutton doubled to right field. Nick Hamilton couldn't get a bunt down and was struck out. The Ducks brought in closer Jimmie Sherfy (who walks out to the same "Wild Thing" theme as in the movie Major League), who struck out Sawyer Polen and and Alex Miklos to force a deciding game 3.
That game's first pitch has been moved back a few times to 7 p.m. Monday night due to some Oregon final exam scheduling issues.