The Kent State softball team began the season with a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Mizuno Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.
Kent State (2-0) defeated George Washington 6-2 and Santa Clara 4-2 in the first day of a three-day tournament.
The Golden Flashes trailed the Colonials 2-0 in the first inning of Game 1 before Maddy Grimm grounded out to score Kim Kirkpatrick to cut the deficit to one run. The Flashes tied the score in the third inning on an RBI single by Dani Ramos.
Ramos tripled to center in the fourth inning to score Lauren Kesterson and Caitie Kilbane, and Ramos later scored on a wild pitch to give the Flashes a 5-2 lead. Kesterson scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to put the Flashes ahead 6-2.
Emma Johnson gave up two runs on three hits and struck out four through seven innings for her first win of the season.
The Flashes scored early and never trailed in Game 2, with Shelbi Tilton’s RBI single in the first inning and Kim Morgason’s RBI triple in the second inning giving the Flashes the early lead. Erika Warren had an RBI single and Kesterson scored two runs to lead the Flashes.
Janel Hayes worked five innings and gave up two runs for the win.
Lauren McNeil earned the save with two perfect innings of relief.
The Flashes play the Colonials in Game 1 and Long Beach State in Game 2 today.
• Chelsea Wildey, McKenzi Rhodes and Taryn Allmon each had an RBI to lead the University of Akron softball team to a 4-3 win over Texas Tech in Game 1 of a doubleheader at the Southeastern Louisiana Invitational in Hammond, La.
Shawna Mailloux scored the tying run in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk, and Kellie Roudabush scored the winning run on a wild pitch to help the Zips (1-0) rally from a 3-0 deficit.
The University of Akron tennis team suffered its first defeat of the season with a 6-1 loss to Penn on Friday in Philadelphia.
The Zips (6-1) lost the doubles point and lost the Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 singles matches.
Karolina Maksimava won the No. 3 singles match to give the Zips their only point.
Track and field
Ohio Wesleyan senior Cara DeAngelis (Ellet) was named North Coast Athletic Conference distance runner of the week. DeAngelis set a school record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:00.82