The Kent State Golden Flashes completed a series sweep of the Western Michigan Broncos with Sunday’s 4-1 victory. The Flashes (30-21, 17-7) got strong outings on the mound from starter Casey Wilson and relievers Eric Dorsch and Brian Clark. The Kent State pitchers surrendered one run on six hits and did not walk a batter.
Wilson, who earned his sixth win of the season, allowed six runners in 6⅔ innings. Dorsch and Clark combined for three strikeouts and just one hit in 2⅓ as Clark earned his eighth save of the season.
Evan Campbell went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, an RBI and two runs scored to lead Kent State. Campbell also had two walks and a stolen base.
Zarley Zalewski drove in a run and had two singles. Zalewski’s RBI single in the eighth inning was the only run Kent produced by a sacrifice fly.
The Flashes now have recorded at least 30 wins in a season for 15 consecutive years. Kent remains in second place in the Mid-American Conference behind Buffalo, which defeated Miami 12-0 on Sunday.
The University of Akron gave up seven runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as the Zips fell 18-8 to Central Michigan in the series finale.
Akron (15-33, 10-13) took the lead in the top of the first inning on Matt LaRocca’s RBI double to right-center field. The host Chippewas (23-27, 10-14) wasted no time in taking the lead as Nick Regnier hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first.
Akron regained the lead in the top of the third when Brady Stewart drove in two following a LaRocca walk and a Jared Turocy single. Turocy extended his hitting streak to 18 games.
Central Michigan recorded 13 hits in the third and fourth innings to score 14 times and take a 17-3 lead.
Stewart, who was named MAC East Player of the Week for the past week, went 5-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
• Kent State and Akron wrap up conference play against each other Thursday-Saturday. Thursday’s game will be played at Canal Park at 6:30 p.m. and is the annual Diamond Classic for Kids. This charity game benefits the Akron Children’s Hospital. Both Friday and Saturday’s games will be played at Akron’s Lee R. Jackson Field at 1 p.m.
The winner of the series will clinch the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, an all-sport rivalry competition between the two schools.
— Beacon Journal staff report