KENT, Ohio – Kent State (27-21, 14-7) left 12 men on base and committed four errors, enabling Central Michigan (20-25, 9-12) to get a 8-2 win, spoiling the Golden Flashes' senior day and hope for a weekend sweep.
"I'm just disappointed in the way we played," said head coach Scott Stricklin.
It's not very representative of our program to go out and play like that on senior day. To make four errors, to make mental mistake after mental mistake, to not have great at-bats when we needed them, it's just really disappointing."
Central Michigan wasted no time taking a lead, scoring two runs in the first and three in the third to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Kent State scored their two unearned runs in the fifth inning. Sawyer Polen singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third when George Roberts reached on another error. After Alex Miklos walked to load the bases, Zarley Zalewski picked up a RBI on a fielder's choice to put the Flashes on the board. Roberts then was able to come home on a wild pitch for the second run. However, it was all Kent State could do in the inning, as bases were left loaded for the second time in the game.
The Chippewas went on to score another run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to finish the 8-2 victory.
Casey Wilson had a career-high nine strikeouts in his last appearance at Schoonover Stadium, but he did suffer the loss, going seven innings with nine hits, six runs (five earned) and one walk.
Fellow senior Jason Bagoly was the only Golden Flash with a multi-hit day. He went 2-for-4. Zalewski had the team's only RBI.
Kent State did get some help in the Mid-American Conference standings, as first place leader Buffalo also took a Sunday loss. The Golden Flashes remain in second place, a game and half behind the Bulls.
Play continues next weekend as Kent State travels to Western Michigan for a three game series.