Kent State Settles In After First, Defeat Bulls 8-3

Updated 5/25/2012

Kent State Head Coach Scott Stricklin

VIDEO: Kent State's Tyler Skulina

VIDEO: Kent State's George Roberts

AVON, Ohio – It took Kent State starting pitcher Tyler Skulina, as well as the Golden Flash bats an inning to get settled in, but once they did the only thing that could stop them in their 8-3 win was a 50 minute weather delay in the eighth inning. 

After allowing three runs on five hits in the bottom of the first, Skulina allowed only two hits over the next six innings, before being forced out due to the delay.  
At the plate, Kent State responded with four runs in the top of the first.  George Roberts recorded the first of four hits on the day driving in two on a two double into right. 

Kent State will await the winner of the Miami/Central Michigan match-up, as Miami will advance to the Championship with a win.   Central Michigan will need to win twice against Miami, as the Chippewas face elimination, having lost to Eastern Michigan on day one of the Tournament.

WP: Skulina  LP: Ginader

Bottom 1: Buffalo 3, Kent State 0
Matt Pollock opened the game for Buffalo with a single to second that he was able to advance to second on a throwing error.  Next, Jason Kanzler hit a ground-rule double down the left field line to score Pollock.  After a Dan Scahill groundout to first, Tom Murphy hit a two-run homerun to bring in runs two and three.

Top 2: Kent State 4, Buffalo 3
Kent State loaded the bases without accumulating a hit to start the inning when T.J. Sutton drew a walk and Sawyer Polen and Evan Campbell were both hit by pitches.  With two outs Jimmy Rider reached on an error scoring Polen and Sutton.  Following and Evan Campbell walk, George Roberts hit a two-out double down the right field line scoring Campbell and Rider.

Top 4: Kent State 5, Buffalo 3
Evan Campbell led-off the fourth by being hit by a pitch, and after being moved to third on a Roberts single, Nick Roberts singled up the middle bringing in Campbell.  

Top 5: Kent State 7, Buffalo 3
In the fifth, Polen singled to start the inning, Derek Toadvine singled, and Campbell was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Rider sent a sac fly to right bringing home Polen.  David Lyon then singled to bring home Toadvine.

Top 7: Kent State 8, Buffalo 3
Following a David Lyon walk and a Roberts single, Hamilton singled through the left side to bring home Lyon.