Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
South Carolina 4, Kent State 1
– The Kent State baseball team (47-20) had its historic season end Thursday afternoon, as the Golden Flashes dropped a 4-1 contest to two-time defending national champions South Carolina in an elimination game at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
After Kent State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Sawyer Polen to score George Roberts, the Gamecocks responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and added two more in the third to take a 4-1 advantage.
South Carolina's Michael Roth won the pitcher's duel, as he retired Kent State's final 22 batters in order to capture the win, giving up just the two hits in the second inning. Kent State's Tyler Skulina, who struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings of work, took the loss.
Kent State gave up just one hit after South Carolina's two-run third inning, but the Golden Flashes were unable to crack Roth.
The historic season for Kent State included multiple milestones, including the team's first-ever appearance in the College World Series after winning the Eugene Super Regional in just the team's first try; they were also the first Mid-American Conference team to advance to the CWS in 36 years.
The Golden Flashes also set a team record for wins (47), which included a 21-game winning streak on the way to advancing out of the Regional round for the first time in program history.
Fans local to the Kent, Ohio area are welcome to greet the team at Dix Stadium Thursday night at approximately 8 p.m. when the team returns from Omaha. The gathering will be held on the west side of the stadium.
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