The Kent State softball team's season came to end Sunday in NCAA Regional Competition at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. After eliminating Wright State and Notre Dame Saturday The Flashes fell to fourth-seeded Michigan 5-0. The Wolverines (51-6) advance to NCAA Super Regional competition.
Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor threw complete game one-hit shutout striking out 11 of the 22 batters she faced. Senior Gabrielle Burns took the loss. She pitched four plus innings giving up two hits, two runs and walking five.
The Flashes (46-12) held the Wolverines to two hits the entire game and trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Kylie Reynolds, who relieved burns in the fifth inning, walked three consecutive batters to load the bases for freshman first basemen Dorian Shaw. Burns reentered the game at pitcher and served up a grand slam home run to Shaw. Reynolds and Burns walked a combined eight hitters.
Sophomore second basemen Heather Duhon got the lone hit for the Flashes, a single in the third inning. Kent State would have had to beat the Wolverines twice Sunday to advance in the double-elimination tournament.