No. 13 Kent State To Face No. 8 Oregon in Super Regionals Tonight

Updated 6/9/2012

Notes courtesy of Kent State Sports Information


2012 NCAA Eugene Super Regional
No. 13 Kent State (44-17) vs. No. 8 Oregon • PK Park (Eugene, Ore.) • June 9-11, 2012  
Best-Of-Three Series • Winner Advances To NCAA College World Series

How To Follow Tonight's Game
Television: ESPNU/ESPNUHD (Adam Amin, Paul Lo Duca)
Radio: Kent State Sports Network Radio 
Webcast: Watch LIVE on ESPN3 (or on "Watch ESPN" App)
Live Stats 
Twitter: Follow @JGuyMAC & @FlashesBaseball
 
Saturday, June 9 • 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Probable Pitchers

Kent State: #37 David Starn, LHP, 10-3, 2.01 ERA, 118 SO, 38 BB, 16 GS, 107.2 IP
Oregon: #47 Alex Keudell, RHP, 11-4, 2.38 ERA, 70 SO, 30 BB, 16 GS, 117.1 IP

Sunday, June 10 • 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Probable Pitchers 

Kent State: #19 Ryan Bores, RHP, 9-2, 3.29 ERA, 93 SO, 38 BB, 16 GS, 96.0 IP
Oregon: #5 Jake Reed, RHP 7-4, 2.93 ERA, 61 SO, 40 BB, 16 GS, 107.1 IP

Monday, June 11 (IF NECESSARY) •  7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Probable Pitchers

Kent State: #31 Tyler Skulina, RHP, 11-2, 3.84 ERA, 93 SO, 38 BB, 16 GS, 96.0 IP
Oregon: #44 Jeff Gold, RHP, 8-4, 3.50 ERA, 45 SO, 23 BB, 12 GS, 74.2 IP




Preview:
No. 13 Kent State baseball’s next stop on its Road To Omaha and the 2012 NCAA College World Series sends the 2012 Gary Regional champions 2,492 miles to the Pacific Northwest to battle No. 10 Oregon in the nationally televised best-of-three Eugene Super Regional, beginning Saturday (June 9).
 
Kent State’s first Super Regional game in program history is slated for Saturday (June 9) at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. First pitch is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT). Game two is set for Sunday (June 10) with a 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) first pitch. If necessary, game three will be played Monday  (June 11) beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). The series will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Tickets for the Eugene Super Regional are currently on sale at www.GoDucks.com. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the College World Series, which is slated to be played June 15-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
 
The Golden Flashes (44-17) clinched a dramatic 3-2 NCAA Championship Gary Regional title over then-No. 13 Kentucky Sunday (June 3) at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., marking Kent State’s first regional championship. Ranked No. 13 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Golden Flashes ran their nation-long winning streak to 20 games – including seven in the post-season – courtesy of the victory over the Wildcats. The 2012 Mid-American Conference Regular Season and Tournament champions, Kent State has won 35 of its last 42 games – including 24 of 26. The Flashes won a wire-to-wire regular season title and followed it up by going a perfect 4-0 in the MAC Tournament to clinch their fourth straight conference tournament crown. Kent State, the regional’s No. 3 seed, advanced to its second straight NCAA Regional winner’s bracket final by outlasting Kentucky, 7-6, in 21 innings in the regional opener last Friday (June 1) – the second-longest game in the history of the NCAA Tournament – then knocked off the regional host and top seed, then-No. 16 Purdue, 7-3, Saturday (June 2). Kent State seeks its first NCAA College World Series berth while Oregon takes aim at its first since 1954.
 
The Golden Flashes look to become the fourth MAC team to play in the College World Series.  Western Michigan made six appearances from 1952-1963 and finished as runner-up in 1955.  Ohio made one appearance in 1970 and Eastern Michigan made trips to Omaha in 1975 and 1976, when they finished second. 
 
Conference roots run deep with the NCAA postseason as the College World Series debuted on the campus of Western Michigan in 1947 and 1948.

Among The Best Streaks In Sports
Kent State’s 20-game winning streak is not only the longest current streak in NCAA baseball, it rivals some of the best streaks in team sports.

- The Oakland A’s set Major League Baseball’s longest winning streak (20) in 2002.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the longest winning streak in NHL history at 17 games (1992-93).
- The New England Patriots hold the longest winning streak in NFL history (21), spanning the 2003-04 seasons.
- The recently ended 20-game winning streak by the San Antonio Spurs tied for the third longest in NBA history.
- Kentucky carried the longest streak in men’s basketball (24) this season.
- The longest winning streak in NCAA softball this year were shared by Louisville and Lousiana (28).
- The longest current winning streak in Division I (FBS) football is held by Northern Illinois (9).
 
Inside The Streak
During Kent State’s 20-game winning streak, the Golden Flashes have hit .303 as a team with 224 hits - including 42 doubles, nine triples and 16 home runs. Kent State’s pitching staff has posted a team ERA of 1.92 and limited the opposition to 51 runs - 41 of them earned - on 158 hits and 49 walks while tallying 156 strikeouts.
 
Junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) - the 2012 MAC Player of the Year and 2012 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America honoree leads Kent State’s offense during the streak with a .396 batting average and a team-high 36 hits - including 12 doubles, a triple and a home run - to go along with a team-high 28 RBIs. Senior shortstop and First Team All-MAC pick Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) is hitting .380 with 35 hits over the last 20 games - including eight doubles, a triple and two runs - to go along with 25 RBIs. Freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) has also been hot during the streak, batting .304 with 21 hits - including four doubles, three triples and a home run - to go along with 12 RBIs.
 
Kent State’s pitching staff has been lights out during the 20-game winning streak. Senior southpaw David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) - the 2012 MAC Pitcher of the Year and 2012 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America honoree - is 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 43 strikeouts. Junior right-handed starter and Second Team All-MAC selection Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) is 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA, striking out 17 while walking just three during the streak. Sophomore right-handed starter and 2012 Second Team All-MAC pick Tyler Skulina (Strongsville, Ohio) is 6-0 with a 2.66 ERA, striking out 34 while walking just 10.
 
Out of the bullpen, junior right-handed closer Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) has collected three saves in eight appearances while 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America lefty Brian Clark (Munroe Falls, Ohio) has added two saves and senior righty Ryan Mace (Tallmadge, Ohio) has posted two more.
 
Kent State has won five one-run games during the streak.
 
With a win over Oregon in the 2012 Super Regional opener Saturday, the Flashes will match the 1992 and 2011 squads for the most victories in a single season in Kent State history with 45.

Scouting The Opposition: No. 8 Oregon Ducks (45-17)
Oregon claimed a No. 5 national seed for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The No. 1 seed in the 2012 Eugene Regional, Oregon needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Austin Peay, 6-5. UO then edged Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, for the right to play in the Regional championship on Sunday. Oregon earned the right to host a Super Regional by defeating Austin Peay, 8-1.
 
The Ducks finished the year third in the Pac-12 conference with a 19-11 league record, and since April 27 have won 18 of their last 24 games.
 
Kent State and Oregon will be locking horns for the first time this weekend in the Eugene Super Regional.
 
Kent State will be facing a Pac-12 opponent in the NCAA postseason for the fourth time in its history and the third time in the last four years. However, the Golden Flashes have played only eight games in their history against the Pac-12. Kent State’s lone victory against a Pac-12 team came in March of 2008 at Washington State. The Flashes suffered recent NCAA Regional setbacks at UCLA (2010) and at Arizona State (2009).