Kent State track standout Duffus jumps to All-American honors

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TRACK AND FIELD

Kent State University junior Ann Marie Duffus earned All-American honors on Friday.

KSU's long jumper placed 13th overall in a two-flight field at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Duffus was sixth overall in her flight and her best jump was 19 feet, 6 inches. Her best jump came on her third and final jump of the evening. Her previous jumps landed at 17-9 and 18-4 1/4, respectively.

Duffus, who is from North Clarendon, Jamaica, was the NJCAA heptathlon champion and long jump runner-up at Western Texas Community College in 2011.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The KSU women's basketball team, seeded No. 12 in today's opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, will travel to No. 5 Bowling Green.

The Flashes (3-26, 1-15 MAC) are scheduled for a 1 p.m. tipoff against the Falcons (20-9, 11-5 MAC) inside the Stroh Center.

The Flashes and the Falcons have met two times previous this season. Conference play opened for both teams in Bowling Green on Jan. 10 and the Falcons took a 69-33 victory.

In that game, Kent State shot just 24 percent in the game and made only four of 18 field goal attempts in the first half.

The teams met most recently to close out the regular season on Wednesday, with Bowling Green earning a 51-43 win.

Both teams shot less than 30 percent in the first half, with the Falcons able to take a 16-14 lead into halftime. In the final 20 minutes, Kent State lost some of their defensive intensity, allowing Bowling Green escape with the win.

Tamzin Barroilhet has been the most consistent player for the Flashes this season. The senior captain leads the team in points (283), rebounds (189), assists (76), steals (43) and field-goal percentage (42.0). Through 15 conference games, Barroilhet ranks among her MAC opponents in scoring (T-26th), rebounding (12th), assists (T-15th) and offensive rebounds (10th).

BASEBALL

Charlotte sophomore second baseman Brad Elwood dropped a walkoff, RBI single into left field in the bottom of the ninth to score senior outfielder Michael Green and complete a furious comeback as Charlotte baseball defeated Kent State 5-4 on Friday night at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium in non-conference baseball action.

The win gave Charlotte its 10th straight home victory and improved the team's overall record to 10-2. On the other side, it kept the Flashes on the unlucky and unsuccessful side of things, dropping the Flashes' record to 2-10.

With the game tied at four in the ninth, Green got the inning started with his second walk of the day.

After a flyout, he advanced to second on a groundout from junior outfielder Justin Seager for the second out of the inning.

Elwood then flared a 1-1 pitch from reliever Brian Clark out to shallow left and Green beat the throw home to end the game.

Charlotte scored the last five runs of the game and got its first win this season when trailing after seven innings.

Charlotte starting pitcher Tyler Barnette, a junior, and freshman reliever Sean Geoghegan combined to retire the last 16 Golden Flashes batters, not allowing a baserunner in the last five and a third innings.

The Golden Flashes posted single unearned runs in the first and third innings, respectively, for a 2-0 lead.

Kent State then scored two earned runs in the fourth on three singles to make it 4-0.

Derek Toadvine and Evan Campbell each collected an RBI in the inning.

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