Marconi's Home Runs Lift Kent Over Northern Illinois

Updated 5/17/2000
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    KENT, Ohio (May 17) - The top-seeded Kent State University Golden Flashes (40-16) hit three home runs, two by catcher Alex Marconi , to defeat sixth-seeded Northern Illinois University (24-32) 10-4 in the third game of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament May 17 at Gene Michael Field in Kent, Ohio. It was Kent's 40th win of the season.

    Northern Illinois scored a run in the first inning after starting the game with two singles. After a line out, designated hitter Adam Seyb singled in leftfielder John Brock .

    Kent opened the first inning with a single by designated hitter Pat O'Brien . After a fielder's choice, Marconi homered over the left field fence. Leftfielder Dave Mattle followed with a bomb to centerfield, his ninth of the season. Rightfielder Ty Carpenter 's sacrifice fly brought in the fourth Kent run of the inning. Marconi came back in the second, hitting a three-run shot to deep center field. Mattle followed with a one-out double and Carpenter singled him home that gave Kent an 8-1 lead.

    The Huskies answered in the third inning with a three-run home run to right field by first baseman Joe Milroy , cutting the Golden Flash lead to 8-4. It was his sixth home run of the season.

    A sacrifice fly by first baseman John VanBenschoten in the fourth inning gave Kent its ninth run. Kent ended the scoring as second baseman Jess Bechard scored from third base on a wild pitch.

    Marconi had five runs-batted-in for Kent and Mattle went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.

    "I was as nervous for this game as I have been for any tournament game," Kent head coach Rick Rembielak said. "The guys were a lot looser than I was. But to be in the winner's bracket is a gratifying thing."

    "I think Kent showed why they won the league," Northern Illinois head coach Dave Schrage said. "We used all of our pitching over the weekend to get here and I asked Dan (Badgeley) to go on three days rest. Usually, seniors step up and Marconi sure did today."

    Redshirt sophomore Dustin Sampson picked up the win for Kent, raising his record to 6-3. Dan Badgeley took the loss as his record fell to 4-7.

    Kent will play Thursday against Ball State University at 1 p.m. Northern Illinois will play Central Michigan University game in an elimination game Thursday at 10 a.m.