Kent State trails Ball State by 3 strokes (298-301) at the Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers, Ind., heading into second-round action this morning.
An even-par 72 by senior Shamira Marshall (Nordonia) of Kent State was the top score of the day.
Sophomore Erin Hawe is tied for seventh with a 3-over 75; both senior Mercedes Germino and freshman Jennifer Ha are tied for 11th after 77.
The University of Akron is fifth at 28-over-par 316.
Kristen Hill of the Zips is tied for 11th at 77 and Amanda Butler is tied for 15th with a 79.
It is just the third time in the MAC Championship’s 14-year history the Golden Flashes did not have the tournament lead going into the second day.
KSU is aiming to extend its streak of consecutive MAC Championships to 14, the longest active streak in the MAC in any sport.
Angelina Jogasuria’s win at No. 4 singles clinched a 4-0 win for the second-seeded University of Akron over seventh-seeded Northern Illinois on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the MAC on the Northern Illinois campus.
The Zips (22-3) will face off against third-seeded Western Michigan in the semifinal at 3 p.m. today. The tournament winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Senior pitcher Andrew Brown hurled seven scoreless innings to lead Akron (17-26, 10-6) to a 7-0 win over Central Michigan at Jackson Field, setting the UA record for career innings pitched in the process.
Brown (6-5) scattered eight hits and struck out four. moving his career innings-pitched total to 338.
Redshirt freshman Joey Havrilak went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Akron at the plate. Sophomore Darius Washington and freshman Matt Rembielak each drove in two runs.
Kent State senior pitcher David Starn (5-3) picked up his 300th career strikeout as the Golden Flashes pounded out 15 hits in a 16-5 win over visiting Western Michigan at Schoonover Stadium.
Starn pitched seven innings, gave up four runs, two earned, seven hits, one walk and struck out five.
Center fielder Evan Campbell had two hits, including a solo home run, as did right fielder T.J. Sutton.
First baseman George Roberts had two hits, including a triple and three RBI, and Alex Miklos drove in two runs and had two hits.
Ball State (33-13, 11-3) held on to its slim lead in the MAC standings as Kent State (26-22, 11-5) split a doubleheader with the visiting Cardinals at the Diamond at Dix.
The Golden Flashes ripped 10 hits in a 7-3 opening-game victory, before Ball State jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second game and held on for an 8-5 win.
Freshman Emma Johnson tossed 10 innings in the doubleheader and had 15 strikeouts against the top hitting team in the conference.
Jess Blanton hit a three-run home run in the first game to lead the Golden Flashes. Mary Holt ripped a three-run homer in the second game.
The Zips, playing in their final road trip of the season, posted a split of their doubleheader at Eastern Michigan, falling 5-4 in the first game in 10 innings and winning the second game 4-3.
The first game turned into a marathon as the Zips (20-27-1, 4-12) played in their first 10-inning game since 2010.
Alissa Birkhimer and Rachael Ratcliffe led the Akron offense with 3-for-5 performances.
Birkhimer added two RBI and a run scored, and Ratcliffe drove in a run of her own.
In the second game, Ratcliffe, Birkhimer and Allison Dorr each drove in a run, with the win going to Andrea Arney (2-0), who went the distance while giving up three runs, two earned.
Arney allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three.
— Staff report