One of Kent State’s proudest alums came through in a big way to be sure the Golden Flashes baseball team would have plenty of support in the school’s first ever College World Series appearance.
“This is one of the most exciting weekends I have been apart of,” said Joe Chaffin.
Kent State fans, with team colors and all, boarded a Precious Cargo bus on Friday morning bound for Omaha, Nebraska.
“I’m pumped, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Corey Carney said.
“As students, especially seniors, this is a good way to go out,” Kent resident Michael Moses said.
The bus trip was planned by Kent State alum and Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Josh Cribbs.
“I love my sports teams, I love Kent State,” he said.
The bus trip was a last minute idea by the 2010 Kent State graduate.
“We didn’t think we could get this job done, we thought the task would be too hard but with less than a day the bus filled up,” said Cribbs.
Most of the Kent State fans said they would not be going to Omaha, Nebraska if it wasn’t for Josh Cribbs coming through with the bus.
“I want to thank Josh for doing this, this is absolutely fantastic for me because I never would have made it,” said Akron resident Lou Laurich.
“I think it’s really awesome, so classy of him, it’s super fun and I’m really excited that he would do something like that,” added Michelle Martinez of Valley View.
In all, 50 Kent State fans filled up the bus and began a 14-hour journey to watch Kent State make history.
“Very excited, baseball is one of my favorite things in the whole world and nothing better than going to see the Flashes play,” Lauren Barnum of Avon said.
“It’s awesome because we never had the chance to see a team go this far,” said Moses.
All of the fans, including Josh Cribbs are predicting a Kent State victory on Saturday afternoon against Arkansas.
“It’s going to show this time tomorrow 5:00 they are going to show Arkansas what it is to be a Golden Flash,” Cribbs said.
If Kent State wins, their is another bus trip plan in the works to watch Kent State play for a National Championship.
“If we win, that bus may not make it all the way back because people will just be too excited, the driver won’t even be able to drive,” chuckled Laurich.
Kent State’s team allotment for tickets to the College World Series sold out on Thursday. Kent State plays Arkansas at 5:00 on Saturday.