Record-Courier staff report
Opening day for the Kent State baseball team fell much flatter than the team could have ever hoped for.
The Golden Flashes, in doubleheader action, outhit their opponents a combined 26-12 and scored a combined 15 runs.
The problem? They committed a staggering nine errors, which set the stage for a 10-9 loss to Virginia Tech and a 7-6 loss to UNC Wilmington.
KSU had three errors in the first game against the Hokies, then booted six other plays in the loss to UNC Wilmington.
In game one against Virginia Tech, the Flashes fell behind 6-3 after two innings of play before slowly chipping into the deficit. The game was tied 7-7 going into the ninth inning, but the Hokies plated three runs in the top of the ninth. KSU came back to challenge, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the ninth, coming up one run short.
Alex Miklos went 3-for-5 in the game, hitting a home run, driving in two runs and scoring three others. Derek Toadvine also had a three-hit game, scoring two runs and knocking in a pair of others.
Game two went into the 10th inning after UNC Wilmington plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force a tie. They went on to score the game-winning run in the 10th inning.
Offensively for KSU, Miklos had two more RBI.
Kent State will get another shot at both teams over the weekend, starting with today's noon first pitch against Virginia Tech.
The Flashes will then play UNC Wilmington on Sunday at 10 a.m.