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Chillicothe, Ohio -- Kent State scored four runs in the first two innings and never looked back as the Golden Flashes defeated Eastern Michigan, 15-1. With the win, the Golden Flashes force and elimination game against the Eagles tomorrow. The game will take place 45 minutes following the BGSU/CMU game, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The winner of the game will take on either Central Michigan or Bowling Green in the MAC Tournament Final.
Kent State loaded the bases for Kyle McMillen in the first inning and he took advantage of his opportunity by lining a single to right field to score teammate Jared Humphreys. The Golden Flashes weren't done scoring in the inning as Jimmy Rider came through with a single up the middle that scored Travis Shaw and Ben Klafczynski -- giving KSU an early 3-0 lead.
Humphreys' added a solo shot in the second inning to give the Golden Flashes a four run lead, while David Lyon drove home Anthony Gallas in the third inning to put Kent State up 5-0. Humphreys finshed the game 5-for-5 with 3 RBI's and was a triple shy of hitting for the cyle.
EMU's Wally Gerbus put the Eagles on the board with a solo shot in the fourth inning but EMU could not do any more damage and still trailed by a score of 5-1.
The Golden Flashes blew the game wide open in the top of the seventh by scoring five runs, highlighted by a grand slam by KSU's Ben Klafczynski. The Golden Flashes also scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to put the contest out of reach.
KSU's Ryan Mace picked up the victory (2-4) for the Golden Flashes after giving up one run on three hits, while striking out three in seven innings of work. He retired 25 of the 29 batters he faced. Eastern Michigan's Steve Weber took the loss (2-5).