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Kent State loses to Kentucky in the 9th inning

By George Thomas Published: May 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.:  There would be no magic for Kent State University’s baseball team at Jim Patterson Stadium at the University of Louisville.

After the Golden Flashes took a  2-0 lead that held through the top of the ninth inning the Kentucky Wildcats rallied for four runs to win 4-2. 

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Errors prove costly as Kent State falls to Louisville 5-0

By George Thomas Published: May 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.: If Kent State is to take a stab at matching the magical run that earned them a spot in the College World Series in 2012, they’re going to have to recover from the beating they received at the hands of the University of Louisville Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The No. 1 seeded Cardinals (46-15) came out and capitalized on early Kent State (36-22) mistakes in a 5-0 victory that put the Golden Flashes in a win-or-go-home situation for an early game today.

A two-run fielding error provided the only scoring that the Cardinals needed, but for good measure they scored runs in the game’s first three innings.

"They got a lot of momentum in those first three innings," KSU coach Jeff Duncan said, "and we really had a tough time coming back from it."

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Kent State baseball: Top 10 things to do when delayed by a work day at a game

By George Thomas Published: May 30, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.:  Upon arriving at the University of Louisville to watch as Mother Nature flipped the proverbial bird at baseball teams, fans and media.

After dining on the sumptuous cuisine at one local (not really, it was a chain) establishment near Jim Patterson Stadium, I walked out the door to be greeted by a torrential downpour.  That subsequently delayed the 2 p.m. game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats by 1:58 with the score tied at 6 at the bottom of the fifth.  Oh, lucky me.   The game, which started at 2:25 p.m. lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes and delayed the 6 p.m. start of the Kent State Golden Flashes and Louisville Cardinals – obviously, duh!!!

Yes, I know it’s a privilege to get to write about sports for a living.  It’s something I do enjoy, but like anyone who’s endured a six-hour drive from home hoping that games start on time, I was a bit, shall we say, miffed? Yes, I’m being polite.

The game whose start had already been delayed prior to the first rain delay (forgot that little tidbit, didn’t I?), didn’t crank back up until 7:10 or so.  Rain delays - 3 hours 26 minutes.  Players , coaches, fans and reporters – beleaguered.

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