KSU wins on road
Kent State made a five-run first inning hold up for a 9-7 Mid-American Conference victory over Eastern Michigan on Thursday in Ypsilanti, Mich., to snap a two-game skid.
Collin Mathews hit a three-run home run to left to key the Golden Flashes' first-inning outburst. Eastern Michigan (11-41-1, 6-19) responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more in each of the eighth and ninth innings. But the Flashes (28-22, 15-8) got single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and two more in the ninth to make a winner out of starter Connor Wollersheim (6-5).
Ben Carew and Pavin Parks (Manchester) powered the Flashes with three hits apiece. Parks' 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, put KSU up 9-5 in the ninth inning. Parks started the game at shortstop but closed out the game on the mound with 1 2/3 innings of relief.
TRACK AND FIELD
19 Zips advance
The University of Akron will send 19 athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 23-25. Women's pole vaulter Lucy Bryan, who ranks third in the nation, and Sara Foster (St. Vincent-St. Mary), the MAC Women's Track Freshman of the Year, lead the eight UA women to advance.
Noah Williams (400 meters) and Matt Ludwig (pole vault) are two of 11 male athletes who will represent Akron in the East Preliminary.