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Scott Stricklin not going to Michigan, all in with Kent State

By Ryan Lewis Published: June 26, 2012

Scott Stricklin said in a letter to fans that he and his staff are “all in,” putting a rest to the rumors he may join Michigan at least for the moment.

The eighth-year head coach of KSU first thanked the fans for their support during the run through the College World Series, mentioned the baseball banquet this Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom that’s open to fans and then addressed the rumors that Michigan was courting he and parts of his staff.

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Kent State falls to South Carolina 4-1, eliminated from CWS

By Ryan Lewis Published: June 21, 2012

 Kent State's improbable run through the College World Series ended in a blur Thursday afternoon in the Golden Flashes' 4-1 loss to two-time defending champion South Carolina. 

Kent State (47-20) drew first blood against SC pitcher Michael Roth on Sawyer Polen's RBI-single in the second inning, but couldn't muster a hit against Roth the rest of the way. South Carolina scored four unanswered runs in the second and third innings to pull away against pitcher Tyler Skulina. 

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More from KSU coach Scott Stricklin after Wednesday's cancellation

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 20, 2012

The NCAA announced this was the fourth time since 2008 that the College World Series has had weather issues on June 20.

Today’s schedule:
Game 10 – Kent St. (v) vs. South Carolina (h), 12 noon ET, ESPN2
Game 11 – Florida St. (v) vs. Arizona (h), 5 pm ET
Game 12 – Arkansas vs. South Carolina/Kent St., 9 pm ET

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Campbell shines in second year in outfield

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 20, 2012

Last year Evan Campbell probably never would have dreamed his prowess in the center field would make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
Playing infield through his freshman year at Kent State, Campbell was sent into summer ball before his sophomore season with instructions from Golden Flashes coach Scott Stricklin to spend some time in the outfield.
When he returned, the product of West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio, found himself starting in center.
“Last year it was a little bit rough at the beginning, reading balls and chasing them,” Campbell said after the Golden Flashes’ practice Tuesday at the College World Series. “This year it felt pretty natural.”
That’s been evident during Kent State’s NCAA run. Making its first appearance in Omaha, KSU (47-19) was scheduled to face two-time defending champion South Carolina (46-18) in an elimination game Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park. The 8 p.m. start was delayed by heavy rain.
The biggest victory in Kent State baseball history, a 5-4 triumph over top-ranked Florida Monday that sent the Gators home, included a spectacular play by Campbell that drew national recognition.
In the sixth inning, the junior ran down a ball off the bat of clean-up hitter Brian Johnson and made a diving catch. His effort was No. 2 on ESPN’s list of Top 10 plays.
“I just took off and I knew the wind was carrying it. I tried to get there. I laid out for it and got it,” Campbell said.
When Stricklin got back to the team hotel, he and his wife flipped on the television to watch ESPN.
“When it came on at No. 9 I’m like, ‘Here’s Evan’ and it was T.J.,” said Stricklin, referring to T.J. Sutton’s game-ending catch in right field. “So we were counting it down; we were in the top five…. The No. 2 play is not too bad.”
Campbell also made the top 10 on June 9 after an NCAA super regional game against Oregon. He saved a 7-6 victory despite a two-out, bases loaded jam with a turning, leaping catch in deep center.
After that one, Stricklin jokingly accused Campbell of hot-dogging.
“I don’t know about that,” Campbell said. “I was a little worried. I was just glad to hold onto it. I knew if I drop it the game’s over.”
When a member of the media suggested to Campbell that he’s been on as many highlight lists as the Heat’s LeBron James, Campbell said, “That’s fine with me. I’m not a LeBron fan. Used to be.”
The Golden Flashes might have come to expect an extraordinary defensive gem from Campbell every night.
“I wouldn’t go that far,” he said. “This team is funny. Things always happen and it seems almost routine for something weird to happen like that. It’s pretty awesome.”
Campbell has also been a big part of the Golden Flashes’ offensive attack, ranking fourth on the team with a .316 batting average with seven home runs and 40 RBI. But in KSU’s eight NCAA games, Campbell is hitting just .132.
 

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South Carolina's game notes vs. KSU

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 20, 2012

Omaha, Neb. - South Carolina (46-18) is back on the field at the College World Series on Wednesday night in an elimination game with Kent State (47-19). First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with the game televised live on ESPN with Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser and Jessica Mendoza calling the action.

PITCHING MATCHUP
South Carolina - Jordan Montgomery, LHP, Fr. (5-1, 4.05 ERA, 66.2 IP, 9 BB, 51 SO)
Kent State - Tyler Skulina, RHP, So. (11-2, 3.63 ERA, 101.2 IP, 41 BB, 97 SO)

SERIES HISTORY
South Carolina and Kent State will meet for the first time since 1997 when the Gamecocks took two of three games vs. the Golden Flashes at Sarge Frye Field. After falling 6-8 in the opener on Feb. 21, the Gamecocks earned wins of 15-8 and 21-4 to win the series in head coach Ray Tanner's first season at the helm. South Carolina leads the all-time series history 5-2 as well.

MONTGOMERY
Freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery is scheduled to make his second appearance of the 2012 postseason. Montgomery won that outing, a start vs. Clemson in the NCAA Regional, as he went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in the 4-3 victory over the Tigers. For the season, Montgomery is 5-1 with a 4.05 ERA and has 51 strikeouts to just nine walks in 66.2 innings pitched. Along with Clemson, Montgomery has also earned wins over The Citadel, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Auburn.

SUPERLATIVES
The 2-1 loss to Arkansas was the first defeat this season for the Gamecocks when allowing two runs or less. The Gamecocks are 25-1 on the year when opponents score two runs or less. The Gamecocks also hold a 40-11 record when allowing five runs or less. South Carolina is 18-0 on the year when scoring in the first inning. South Carolina is 34-5 when scoring first and 37-4 when out-hitting the opponent.

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KSU basketball signs prep guard Earvin Morris

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 19, 2012

Memphis prep wing Earvin Morris signed a National Letter of Intent Monday to play at Kent State next season.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound forward, joines the Golden Flashes from Memphis East High School, where he helped lead the Mustangs to a state champsionship.

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KSU loses PA recruit Tyler Haddock

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 19, 2012

When Temple left the Mid-American in March, Kent State lost more than an opponent.
With the Owls defection back to the restructured Big East (Temple was an original founding member, but defected in 2005), the Golden Flashes also lost a recruit.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported last week that Montour (Pa.) nose guard Tyler Haddock, who verbally committed to KSU in April, recently switched his commitment from Kent State to Temple.
 

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Florida transcript after 5-4 loss to Kent State

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 18, 2012

Here's what Florida coach Mike O'Sullivan, catcher Mike Zunino and right fielder Preston Tucker had to say after Monday night's 5-4 loss to Kent State that eliminated the Gators from the College World Series. (Courtesy ASAP Sports)

COACH O'SULLIVAN: Great game by both teams. It came down to the last out, and something you would expect in an elimination game. I'm awfully proud of our guys and the way they battled back.

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KSU transcript after 5-4 victory over Florida

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 18, 2012

Here's what Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, starting pitcher Ryan Bores, catcher David Lyon, shortstop Jimmy Rider and reliever Josh Pierce said after a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Florida Monday in the College World Series. (Courtesy ASAP Sports)

The decision eliminated Florida and sent KSU into an 8 p.m. loser's bracket game Wednesday against Monday night's Arkansas-South Carolina loser.

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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.

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Arkansas quotes after 8-1 victory over KSU

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 16, 2012

Quotes from Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, designated hitter Joe Serrano, catcher Jake Wise and starting pitcher D.J. Baxendale after the Razorbacks' 8-1 victory Saturday in the College World Series. (Courtesy ASAP Sports)

COACH VAN HORN: First off, I thought it was a very clean game. Both teams played very good defense.

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Transcript from KSU's 8-1 loss to Arkansas

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 16, 2012

Here are what KSU coach Scott Stricklin, pitcher David Starn and shortstop Jimmy Rider said after Saturday's 8-1 loss to Arkansas in the College World Series.

(Courtesy ASAP Sports)

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No. 8-ranked Flashes drop opening game of CWS via 8-1 loss against No. 6 Arkansas

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 16, 2012

With Kent State playing in its first College World Series game in school history, there was good and bad news Saturday evening.

The bad news came in the form of the Golden Flashes’ 8-1 loss to Arkansas in the opening game of Bracket 2 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, during a nationally televised matchup on ESPN.

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Kent State wins 3-2 in walk-off fashion, headed to College World Series

By Ryan Lewis Published: June 11, 2012

The Golden Flashes are going to the College World Series for the first time in school history after taking down Oregon 3-2 in walk-off fashion Monday night in Eugene, Ore. 

With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning and Derek Toadvine on second base, shortstop Jimmy Rider came up with the biggest hit in Kent State history in his game-winning bloop single down the left field line to score Toadvine and send KSU's dugout into bedlam. 

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Kent State falls to Oregon 3-2; Game 3 slated for 7 p.m. Monday

By Ryan Lewis Published: June 11, 2012

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.

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KSU football's TV schedule for the 2012-13 season

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 9, 2012

It will easy to catch the Kent State football team on television next season, with the recent announcement by the Mid-American Conference that five of the Golden Flashes’ eight conference games will be aired on either SportsTime Ohio or an ESPN outlet.

The Flashes open the season Aug. 30, against Towson at 7 p.m. under the lights at Dix Stadium. They are set to begin conference play Sept. 19 at Buffalo on ESPNU.

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Kent State-Oregon baseball schedule set for weekend

By Ron Ledgard Published: June 5, 2012

The NCAA announced late Monday that Kent State and Oregon will play a best-of-three baseball series in Eugene with Game 1 being at 11 p.m. Saturday. Game 2 is at 10 p.m. Sunday with a game Monday at 7 p.m., if necessary. All three Golden Flashes games of the NCAA Super Regional will be televised on ESPNU.

Here is the complete release from Kent State:

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