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."To read more or comment...
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.To read more or comment...
GEORGE BOLLAS, QB
Aurora/Aurora High School
Notables: Chagrin Valley Conference Offensive MVP as a senior and all-state selection…Team captain…Led Aurora to state semifinal appearance and 12-2 record as a junior… Greenmen also won state playoff game in 2013, finishing 10-2…Earned all-conference and all-district first team honors as a senior…Former high school teammate of Anthony Melchiori and Jake McVay…Two-time all-academic team selection for Chagrin Valley Conference…Wrestled for two seasons at Aurora, qualifying for the state tournament as a sophomore…Father and grandfather both wrestled at Ohio State.
Stats: Rushed for 1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, throwing for 1,355 yards and 13 touchdowns…Ran for 1,072 yards and 16 touchdowns in junior season and threw for 1,483 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Spoke with KSU head coach Paul Haynes today. He liked Bollas’ toughness stemming from his time on the wrestling team. Haynes also mentioned that while Bollas is listed as a quarterback, he has the tools to possibly shift to a number of positions down the road. It’s something to keep an eye on.To read more or comment...
The last time Kent State played Northern Illinois a little over two weeks ago, the Golden Flashes rallied from a double-digit deficit to force overtime and win on the road thanks to a huge 25-point effort by Kris Brewer.
However, when the two teams faced each other again in the rematch Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center, the junior point guard’s will to win was no where to be found. Brewer finished with just two points and the Flashes squandered a 14-point lead that included Brewer making a series of missteps over the final seconds that helped the Huskies escape with a 50-49 road victory.
“They made it harder for (Brewer) to get shots up, I’m sure,” KSU coach Rob Senderoff said. “But he was 0-for-7 (from the field), 0-for-4 from 3 (point range) and had three turnovers. We (narrowly lose to the league’s best team in) Toledo (Sunday) and he’s arguably the best player on the floor. Then tonight Kris really struggled.”
Senderoff went on to say he wasn’t “trying to throw (Brewer) under the bus,” knowing when his team shoots a mere 34.8 percent from the field and Darren Goodson has the team’s high points with only 10, it’s obvious all of the Flashes players struggled.
But it was a tough loss for Senderoff to take, especially given his Flashes held a lead for most of the evening - including increasing a seven-point lead at halftime to a 40-26 advantage just five and a half minutes into the second quarter with a good second-half start.To read more or comment...