May 16, 2011
Contact: Dan Carr
KENT, Ohio - Kent State broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh with three runs on five hits, and the Golden Flashes defeated Cleveland State, 6-2, on Monday afternoon (May 16).
The game was played in Kent, Ohio, but the Vikings were the home team, as the contest was a make up of a rained-out contest at All Pro Freight Stadium on April 19. Due to a scheduling conflict at All Pro, the game had to be played at Kent State.
Cleveland State took an early 1-0 lead as John Calhoun led off the bottom of the first with a hit, reached second on a ground out by Anthony Sambula, and then used a pair of Golden Flash miscues to come home. A failed pick off attempt that was badly overthrown allowed Calhoun to take third, and a passed ball brought him home for the score.
The game remained a 1-0 contest until the bottom of the fourth, when Alex Johnson got the Vikings on the board again. After a lead-off double Johnson, CSU's new career stolen base leader, got the 47th free bag of his Viking career, sliding into third just in time to beat the tag. Tom Carter brought him when he grounded out to the shortstop.
The score didn't stay 2-0 for long. After the first two batters of the fifth were retired, Kent State's next batter was hit by a pitch, the fourth singled, and both were brought home on a bases-clearing triple to tie the game.
In addition to the three scores in the seventh, Kent State also scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Tyler Wynn (0-2), pitching in relief, took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits. Chris Ward started on the mound for CSU, pitching 5.2 innings and striking out four while giving up two earned runs.
"We stopped pounding the zone, and that allowed Kent State to get back in the game and take control," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "It was tough outing, but we'll learn from it and move on."
Kent State outhit Cleveland State on the day, 14-6. Six different batters recorded hits for CSU, with Carter recording the only RBI of the day. Both teams committed an error.
The Vikings (12-39) will be back in action on Tuesday (May 17), playing their final road game of the season, a 3:00 p.m. contest at Bowling Green.