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VIDEO: Kent State's David Starn
VIDEO: Kent State's Sawyer Polen
AVON, Ohio –
David Starn lived up to the 2012 MAC Pitcher of the Year honor in his first start after being named the recipient. Starn held Buffalo scoreless in the Golden Flashes opening round game, as Kent State won, 9-0. Starn went 8 innings, allowing no runs and only two hits, in his effort to provide a solid outing for the top-seeded Golden Flashes.
MAC Player of the Year George Roberts and third baseman Sawyer Polen, combined to go 6-for-8 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Polen had a career night going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple.
For Kent State’s pitching staff, the Golden Flashes have not given up a run in the last 30 innings of MAC Tournament play. For Starn, it is 15 straight scoreless tournament innings dating back to 2011.
Buffalo starter Cameron Copping threw 7.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits in the loss. Michael Scarcello supplied the only hits on the evening for the Bulls with hits in the second and fifth.
Kent State will move on to face Western Michigan tomorrow at 4 PM, while Buffalo will fight to survive against Ohio in the 12:30 PM elimination game.
WP: Starn LP: Copping
Bottom 1: Kent 3, Buffalo 0
Jimmy Rider reached base to start it off with one out in the first. David Lyon followed up by reaching on an error at second that allowed Rider to move to third. George Roberts stepped up next singling through the left side and driving in Rider. Sawyer Polen followed it up with a single that Lyon, and Alex Miklos finished off the first by reaching on an error and knocking in Roberts.
Bottom 3: Kent 4, Buffalo 0
Roberts struck again with a one-out ground-rule double and was later driven in on a Polen single to left.
Bottom 8: Kent State 9, Buffalo 0
With one out Polen tripled to right center with one out to start the inning for Kent State. Following walks to Miklos and Joe Koch, a single by Derek Toadvine scored Polen and kept the bases loaded. Next, Evan Campbell singled through the right side scoring Miklos and Koch. Jimmy Rider capped off the eighth inning with a two-RBI triple scoring Toadvine and Campbell.