Kent State Stuns Oregon, Reaches College Baseball World Series
EUGENE, Oregon — What a way to make the College Baseball World Series!
Kent State stunned Oregon in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night in Eugene, Oregon to earn a trip to the Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Golden Flashes beat the Ducks 3-2 on a misplayed, or if you love destiny, a well placed fly ball that turned a 2-2 game into a ticket to the midwest summer classic for college baseball.
Kent State saw a 2-0 lead evaporate as Oregon scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning. Ryan Healy poked a 2 run single to knot the score.
In the bottom of the 9th inning Derek Toadvine walked, and was sacrificed to second and thats when Jimmy Rider, the player with the most hits in Mid-American Conference history stepped to the plate. Rider lofted a fly ball toward the line. Brett Thomas, the left fielder did not get a good look at the ball and it would drop, just inches fair. Bedlam ensued, as speedy Toadvine ran home with the game winning run. Kent State won 3-2 and will soon start play in the College World Series.
Brian Clark got credit for the victory.