Record-Courier staff report
Looking to rebound from Friday's double-header loss that was marred by nine errors combined, the Kent State baseball team stumbled again on Saturday.
In a rematch with Virginia Tech, which defeated the Flashes 10-9 on Friday, once again were victorious. This time by a final score of 8-1.
"We couldn't put things together," Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said. "We'd have a couple of good at-bats in a row, but then have a bad at-bat. We swung the bat well again, we just left too many guys on base."
Swinging the bat well for KSU (0-3) meant a total of 10 hits, which was just three fewer than the Hokies. However, the inability to group the hits together forced the KSU offense to struggle, with the Flashes' only run coming in the top of the second inning after Virginia Tech (2-0) had already gained a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The tying run was produced after Alex Miklos doubled, then was chased home on a two-out hit by Jason Bagoly.
The Hokies went on to score two more runs in the third inning to break apart the tie. The team then plated five more runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a one-out, three-run blast by Chad Pinder.
The Flashes came close to scoring in the fifth and eighth innings, but were not able to bring runners home, leaving men on the corners in both opportunities.
T.J. Sutton was the only Golden Flash to have a multi-hit day. He finished 2-for-4, while freshman Justin Wagler tripled in his only at-bat.
Pitch Casey Wilson (0-1) was credited with the loss. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 11 hits, seven runs, two walks and struck out two.
As tough as the three losses have been for KSU, the upside is that they are only the first three games of the season.
"It's a matter of getting better as a team overall, and I think we're going to get there," Stricklin said. "It's only a matter of time."
Kent State gets its opportunity for win No. 1 today in a 10 a.m. rematch with UNC Wilmington, which knocked off the Flashes 7-6 on Friday.
"We're excited to play again," said Stricklin. "We are excited to get back out there and end the weekend on a positive note. We're going to get better, we just have to be more consistent."