Kent State Baseball Team Prepares for College World Series

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KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State Baseball team is going where no other Kent State baseball team has gone before, the College World Series.

The magical run has created plenty of excitement on the Kent campus--it's the talk of the campus no matter where you are.

"Surprisingly, people just walking from point A to point B from the Student Center to the Art Center, that's pretty much the topic of conversation for about 90 percent of the people around here," said Michael Braddock of Bedford.

What they are talking about is the Kent State Baseball team who is headed to the College World Series for the first-time in school history after beating Oregon Monday night 3-2.

"That's a defining moment for that young man and a defining moment for our baseball team," said Kent State Athletic Director, Laing Kennedy.

"It's been cool, everybody has been hyped about it, it's good to see the college teams doing good," added DAndre Dukes of Ravenna.

Normally, the only noise on this quiet campus in the middle of June would be the water fall in the Ritsman Plaza, but the boys of summer have changed that.

"My Facebook news feed was hopping with Go Flash, Go Kent State," said Heather Braddock of Bedford.

The Kent State Campus hasn't seen the buzz like this in more than 10 years. It was back in 2002 when the men's basketball team went to the Elite Eight.

"This is an incredible time for Kent State and Kent State Athletics and Kent State baseball," Kennedy said.

The buzz isn't just happening on campus. Campus Book and Supply is a pretty busy place too.

"We've had phone calls all day, customers stopping in all day looking for t-shirts, hats, jersey's everyone is really excited, the community is really excited we have made it this far," said Lindsay Nagy.

Nobody was talking about this team until they won the 21-inning marathon against Kentucky and that's when everyone started to believe.

"This could be a special team," Kennedy said. "This could be the team that competes for a national championship."

Kent State traveled right from Eugene, Oregon to Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series. They will play Arkansas on Saturday at 5 p.m. The College World Series is a double-elimination tournament.

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