Kent State Golden Flashes Face S. Carolina in CWS
OMAHA, Nebraska — The Kent State Golden Flashes were delayed by rain in their history-making College World Series run, but were ready on Thursday to give it their all!
The game began at 12:08 p.m. EST.
The team was originally set to face South Carolina on Wednesday night in Omaha, but persistent rain forced officials to postpone the game.
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Fans were drenched from head-to-toe, and some of the fans even made their way down to the field for a little slip-and-slide action to try to make it fun. Unfortunately, some people’s trip to Omaha had to end early without seeing a Kent State win.
“I’m really bummed, mostly because a lot of our family had to pick up and leave right now,” said one fan.
The team is already the first group of Golden Flashes to win a College World Series game, and now they could be the first to win two.
KSU began the double elimination style tournament with a scare after falling to Arkansas Game One.
But the team got its first game jitters out and snuck past No. 1 seed Florida 5-4 to continue. Four of Kent State’s runs were unearned and the other was off of a wild pitch against Florida.
KSU capitalized off of their mistakes and the team plans to use the same strategy again against South Carolina.
“We watched them play,” starting pitcher Tyler Skulina said. “They didn’t make many mistakes.”
That’s because South Carolina has been there, done that.
In fact, the two-time defending champions have practically owned Omaha.
The Gamecocks know what it’s like to finish at the top and even entered the CWS with a record 21-game winning streak.
“It’s going to be a dog fight,” Skulina said.
Skulina was the No. 1 recruit in the nation in high school and chose to sign with University of Virginia, but the Strongsville native decided to return to Ohio and take his chances with the Golden Flashes.
It’s a good thing he did. The starter clinched Kent’s win against Oregon to advance to Omaha.
Skulina will take the mound on Thursday for the team’s third CWS game. His 12 wins on the year are a single season high for Kent State.
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