Kent State senior Corey Connors shot a 3-under-par 68 on Tuesday to lead the Golden Flashes in the opening round of the NCAA Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Connors’ 68 is the third lowest individual round by a Kent State player at the NCAA Championships in school history. Connors is currently tied for second with Tyler McCumber of Florida.

The Golden Flashes as a team were in 15th place after the first day with a score of 9-over 293.

Kyle Kmiecik was tied for 66th with a 3-over 74 and Taylor Pendrith was tied for 86th with a 4-over 75. Mackenzie Hughes shot a 76 and Kevin Miller shot a 79 in the opening round.

Anton Arboleda of UCLA was the individual leader with a 4-under 67 opening round. Alabama led the team standings with a 1-over 285.

The second round begins today at 3:20 p.m.

Baseball

Mount Union sophomore outfielder Connor Mathis (Firestone) was named an All-America First Team selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Mathis was also an All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Mideast Region first team selection.

— Staff report