Chafin's Gem Sends Kent State to MAC Final

Updated 5/28/2011

MAC Tournament Central

MAC Tournament Bracket

Kent State 8, Eastern Michigan 0
MAC Tournament - Game Thirteen
WP - Chafin (7-1)
LP - Wendzicki (6-6)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - Making his first mound appearance in two weeks, Andrew Chafin threw a complete game six-hitter to outshine a gritty performance from Eastern Michigan pitcher Rob Wendzicki and lead his Kent State Golden Flashes into the MAC final for the sixth straight season where the Miami RedHawks await.

Neither Chafin nor Wendzicki blinked for nearly seven full innings. Chafin retired the bottom of EMU's order in the top of the seventh and Wendzicki followed by sitting down Ben Klafczynski and David Lyon on a weak grounder and a swinging strikeout before the floodgates suddenly opened for the Kent State offense. With two gone in the inning, Wendzicki plunked Jason Bagoly to put a man on. Pinch-runner Nick Hamilton moved to second on a George Roberts single and was brought the rest of the way around on another base hit, Joe Koch picking up the RBI.

That was the end of Wendzicki's day, who threw over 100 pitches for the Eagles on only three day's rest. Reliever Tim Combs walked Derek Toadvine to load the bases and bring up the top of Kent State's order where Evan Campbell, 0-3 up to that point in the game, parked his first home run of the season to give the Golden Flashes their first breathing room of the day with a 5-0 lead.

Kent State's tear continued when Travis Shaw led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a no-doubt blast to right-center to extend its advantage to six runs. A pitching change failed to stop the bleeding as the next two batters also reached base and scored off consecutive RBI groundouts for the final count of 8-0.

Kent State improves to 42-15 and will throw out David Starn this afternoon in the championship game. Eastern Michigan ends its season at 37-22.

Scoring Summary:
Bottom of the 7th
Joe Koch singled through the left side, Nick Hamilton scored from second, George Roberts advanced to second
1-0  Kent State

Evan Campbell homered to right field, Roberts scored from third, Koch scored from second, Derek Toadvine scored from first
5-0 Kent State

Bottom of the 8th
Travis Shaw homered to right-center
6-0 Kent State

T. J. Sutton grounded out to second base, Ben Klafczynski scored from third, David Lyon advanced to third
7-0 Kent State

Roberts grounded out to first base, Lyon scored from third
8-0 Kent State