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OMAHA, Neb. As Kent State kept changing relief pitchers late in Monday's College World Series elimination game in a desperate attempt to find one who'd throw a strike and get a Florida batter out, Jason Bagoly watched nervously from a familiar place in the third base dugout.
Bagoly's night as a player was done in the bottom of the seventh inning; Kent State's starting designated hitter was subbed for a pinch runner after driving a double to deep center field for his second hit of the game.
That's impressive, but not especially remarkable until you consider a few things. Like...
Bagoly previously hadn't played at all in seven NCAA Tournament games. His last appearance was as a pinch hitter on May 24, in the second game of four Kent State played in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Florida was the No. 1 national seed. Kent State, the first MAC team to make the College World Series since 1976, needed every hit, every run and every stroke of luck it...
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OMAHA, Neb. - The four-year starter in the No. 1 jersey is pretty much the poster boy for Kent State baseball and a run to the College World Series that no one involved will ever forget.
That little guy? That's Jimmy Rider?
Yes, that's him.
"All of 5'9 and 160 pounds," Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said.
Rider, a team captain and the Mid-American Conference...
OMAHA, Neb. - It was a week ago Wednesday that Kent State centerfielder Evan Campbell -- exactly the kind of smallish, small-town kid who embodies this Kent State baseball team -- peeked out his hotel room window and saw TD AmeriTrade Park, home of the College World Series.
Campbell just sat there for a minute, soaking it all in.
"We're really here," he said.
Kent State looked like they were intent on giving away their 5-4 lead in the 9th inning against #1 seed Florida. The Golden Flashes threw ball after ball after ball out of the strike zone.
Walk, walk, sac-bunt (one out,) hit batter (bases loaded,) and then what appeared to be another walk to tie the game at 5. Except on appeal to third base, it was determined the batter went around...
Kent State center fielder Evan Campbell made a sensational diving catch to rob Florida's Brian Johnson of extra bases on Monday in the College World Series.Here's video of the play (and I apologize for the crappy camera work/lack of a fancy videotaping setup at Thigh headquarters):And here it is in GIF form thanks to Gifulmination/@bubbaprog (an absolute must-follow if you...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Kent State coach Scott Stricklin loves the exposure the Golden Flashes are getting at the College World Series, yet he doesn't expect to capitalize on it going forward.
The players he likes to recruit already know about his program. Of the 27 players on the CWS roster, 21 are homegrown Ohioans. The rest are from next door in Pennsylvania.
Like other teams...
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Kent State builds an early lead, then survives the 9th inning to topple the No. 1 Gators 5-4. Golden Flashes will take on South Carolina on Tuesday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Winning a game for the first time at the College World Series isn't supposed to easy.
Just ask Kent State.
The Golden Flashes survived shaky relief pitching to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning and beat Florida 5-4 on Monday. The loss eliminated the top-seeded Gators, who made it to the finals a year ago.
"It wasn't the prettiest thing in...
OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner discusses Kent State and USC starter freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Kent State scored four unearned runs and another on a wild pitch, then held off Florida's comeback bid in the ninth to eliminate the top-seeded Gators from the College World Series with a 5-4 victory Monday.
The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against shaky relievers Michael Clark and Josh Pierce.
Pierce fought back from a 3-0 count to...
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Kent State Golden Flashes put together a heart-racer Monday at TD Ameritrade Park, holding on to a 5-4 victory that eliminated the top-seeded Florida Gators from the Men's College World Series. Does this now prove what 'Cinderella' has been preaching all along, that it truly belongs here? Stricklin answers that inside, before reflecting on what lies ahead.
The College World Series has had it's share of Cinderella's in the past and this year is no exception. Only this time, there have been two, so far.
The first Cinderella was Stony Brook who made it to their first College World Series and had fans everywhere rooting for them to win it all. Alas, that slipper did not fit completely and Stony Brook was sent home from the...
Exactly one week after Tyler Haddock switched his commitment from Kent State to Temple, his teammate Matt Barone made a similar move. The three-star offensive lineman flipped for similar reasons, and he details the decision inside.