AVON, Ohio – Casey Wilson threw his first career complete game shutout to keep Kent State (36-22) alive in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, sending Miami (26-30) home in a 7-0 contest.
Wilson threw just 114 pitches in the full nine with eight hits, one walk and three strikeouts, including a strikeout looking to end the game. The Golden Flashes backed him offensively, giving him seven runs on nine hits.
"Casey Wilson was good as I think he's been in his career," said head coach Scott Stricklin. "He's had some really good outings this year. A complete game shutout – you can't ask for anything more than that. That's what we needed."
Kent State jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run in the first when Derek Toadvine was hit by a pitch to start the game, stole second and scored on a single by George Roberts.
The Golden Flashes had their biggest inning in the third, scoring five runs on five hits and two walks. Toadvine, Sawyer Polen and Evan Campbell all had singles to start things off with the first run of the frame. After Alex Miklos walked to load the bases, Jason Bagoly issued a walk to score another run. T.J. Sutton followed that with a RBI single before Justin Wagler picked up two RBI of his own on another base knock.
"I thought we had good at-bats," said Stricklin, "especially in that five-run third to extend that lead and put us up six-nothing."
The final run came across in the sixth when Toadvine singled, stole two bases and scored when Campbell was caught in a rundown trying to steal second.
Toadvine led the way on the bases, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.
"He's the key to our offense," Stricklin said. "When he gets on he puts a lot of pressure on people."
Kent State now faces Ball State again on Saturday morning at 9:00am. If they win, they play again Saturday to try to win a spot in Sunday's championship game. A loss will end the season.
"We have to just deal with what we have and get ready to win two games tomorrow," said Stricklin.