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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
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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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Overview of Kent State's 2014 recruiting class, including bios, stats and insight from Paul Haynes

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 5, 2014

Offense:

GEORGE BOLLAS, QB 
6-3, 205
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. 

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KSU's Kris Brewer goes from hero to goat in a two-week span against NIU

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 29, 2014

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.

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Former KSU standout Mike Porrini joins former Flashes teammate Chris Evans on Greek pro team

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 20, 2014

Former KSU point guard and Massillon native Michael Porriniwas signed by Trikalla BC of the Greek A1 basketball League last week, reuniting him with former Golden Flashes teammate and guard Chris Evans.

 

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KSU announces MAC football opponents & Non-conference dates for 2014 season

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 20, 2014

Kent State announced its Mid-American Conference opponents and non-conference dates for the 2014 football season Monday.  The Golden Flashes will play six home games and host four MAC opponents in 2014.

 

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Three KSU soccer players named to All-Academic team

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 13, 2014

Goodson scores 23 points off bench to lead KSU to 86-74 victory over Ball State

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 11, 2014

During Kent State’s recent losing skid, Golden Flashes players kept looking and waiting for someone, anyone, to step up make a difference at crucial points in each game.

 

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Flashes shoot season-low 28.3 percent in MAC-opening loss to visiting Bobcats

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 8, 2014

The Polar Vortex that had gripped the Midwest and affected a large swath of the nation with record-low temperatures and power outages had finally been declared over by Wednesday morning.

 

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Flashes can't finish late rally, Vikings escape with 78-70 win for second road victory

By Stephanie Storm Published: December 28, 2013

Facing its largest deficit of the game with just over four minutes to play, Kent State quickly turned an 11-point deficit to Cleveland State into a managable three-point hole with three minutes left in Saturday’s game at the M.A.C. Center.

 

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KSU's six-game winning streak halted in 66-59 loss to Bucknell

By Stephanie Storm Published: December 4, 2013

Kent State saw its six-game winning streak snapped in the final game of its seven-game home stand at the M.A.C. Center, as a heavy early schedule of 10 games in less than a month appeared to have caught up with sluggish Golden Flashes in a 66-59 loss to Bucknell.

 

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