Staff report


?Despite a strong starting effort by freshman pitcher John Valek, the University of Akron lost at home to Northern Illinois University 2-1 on Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Cleveland.

Valek went eight innings, striking out five and giving up two earned runs on nine hits and no walks. His record dropped to 2-4 with the loss.

The lone run for the Zips (4-19, 2-3Mid-American Conference) came in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Devan Ahart, scoring Bryan White from second base.

?Kent State University split its doubleheader against Ball State, winning the first 11-5 but falling 4-3 in the second.

Sophomore left fielder Alex Miklos led the Golden Flashes (10-14), going 4-for-8 on the day with a double, two RBI and three runs.


Kent State swept a doubleheader against rival Akron, winning the first game 2-1 and the second 5-3.

The Zips (13-14, 2-2 MAC) scored first in both games but were unable to hold onto its leads.

Pitcher Emma Johnson got the win in the first game for the Golden Flashes (12-12, 3-1 MAC) and recorded the save in the second.


Guard Kyle Weaver scored 22 points to lead a Canton Charge team that had seven players score in double-digits in their 112-94 home victory over the Texas Legends.

Antoine Agudio added 20 points for the Charge (28-19), and Michael Eric earned a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Former Cavalier Christian Eyenga led the Legends (19-28) with 17 points.


The No. 23-ranked Kent State University team was selected to the field of 36 teams to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

The tournament begins April 6 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The Golden Flashes were the Mid-American Conference regular-season champions with a perfect 6-0 record in MAC duals.