The Kent State women’s golf team is taking an 11-stroke lead into the final round of the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.
The Golden Flashes are led by Jennifer Ha, who is tied atop the leaderboard with a 4-over 148.
All four Kent State representatives find themselves in the top 10.
If the Flashes capture the title, it will be the 15th consecutive year they’ve done so.
The University of Akron’s team dropped one spot to sixth place, led by Laura Murray with two rounds of 5-over 77, leaving her tied for ninth place.
•?Tyler Skulina turned in a dominating performance on the mound for Kent State, holding Bowling Green (14-22, 8-9 MAC) to one run on five hits in his 7? innings as the host Golden Flashes won 3-1.
Skulina struck out nine and walked two and evened his record at 3-3.
Brian Clark came in to finish what Skulina started, earning his fifth save of the season.
George Roberts led the Golden Flashes (22-20, 11-6) at the plate with two singles, a walk and two RBI.
•?The University of Akron was unable to get its bats going until late, falling 7-2 at home to Buffalo (23-17, 13-4).
Freshman John Valek took the hill for the Zips (9-31, 6-11), allowing two runs on five hits, striking out three in five innings. His record fell to 2-7.
Matt Rembielak recorded two of the Zips’ five hits, with a double, walk and RBI.
•?Kent State won both games of a doubleheader against visiting Buffalo (14-28, 5-11 MAC) 4-1 and 7-6 (11 innings), respectively.
Emma Johnson earned both wins for the Golden Flashes (23-17-1, 13-5), allowing no earned runs in 14 innings with just two walks.
Kim Kirkpatrick and Dani Ramos each totaled three hits over the two games in the top of the Flashes’ lineup.
Kirkpatrick drove in three.
•?The University of Akron got help from Rachael Ratcliffe when she hit her first career grand slam in the Zips’ 5-0 win over Western Michigan (14-27, 5-10 MAC).
Erin Seiler tossed a complete-game shutout for the Zips (20-24, 6-11 MAC), striking out nine without allowing a walk.
The two-time defending MAC champion and third-seeded University of Akron women’s team was bounced from this year’s conference tournament after losing 4-2 to second-seeded Bowling Green in the semifinal round.
The Zips finish the season with an 18-10 record and advanced to the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season.
The University of Akron had a 1-1 draw with Maryland to finish its spring exhibition schedule.
Zac Portillos scored on a pass from Aodhan Quinn to tie the score at 1-1 late in the match.
The Zips finished 3-1-1 for the spring.