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Kent State survives elimination game, downs No. 1 seed Florida 5-4

By Ryan Lewis Published: June 18, 2012

The Golden Flashes survived to play another day with their 5-4 win over No. 1 ranked Florida Monday night in an elimination game, but they sure didn't make it easy on themselves. 

Holding a one-run lead entering the ninth inning, Kent State pitchers threw 11 straight balls (Michael Clark opened the inning with six and was taken out for Josh Pierce, who followed with five of his own) that resulted in runners on second and third with one out after a successful sacrifice bunt.

With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, Pierce hit Daniel Pigott and fell behind Casey Turgeon 3-0. 

Pierce battled back to strike out Turgeon on a check-swing that had manager Scott Stricklin bouncing out of the dugout to check the appeal down to third base. Pierce then got Justin Shafer to fly out to right field to end the game and send the No. 1 seeded Gators home without a win. 

In all, KSU pitchers stranded 12 Florida runners, eight in scoring position. 

Kent State will play the winner of Arkansas and No. 8 South Carolina Wednesday night at 8 p.m. 

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