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 in the North, Kent State doesn't practice outdoors much, or at all, until March. The Flashes share an indoor practice facility with the football team and play on a field with artificial turf.
This year the Flashes played their first 18 games on the road before their March 23 home opener. Twelve-hour bus rides to the South are common early in the season.
Stricklin said he looks for kids who have a toughness and competitiveness about them.
Shortstop Jimmy Rider of Venetia, Pa., who homered for Kent State's only run against Arkansas on Saturday, embodies the team's personality, athletic director Joel Nielsen said.