Kent State baseball team turns perfect game bid into comfortable victory

By Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

One day after missed opportunities led to a 12-7 loss at Memphis, the Kent State baseball team did the exact opposite on Saturday.

This time, taking full advantage allowed the Golden Flashes (5-11) to capture a 9-1 win over Memphis (11-7).

However, it was not until late in the game that Kent State was able to push things into its favor.

Memphis starter Erik Schoenrock took a perfect game into the sixth inning, with the Tigers holding a 1-0 lead.

It all unraveled quickly, though, for Schoenrock and Memphis. The pitcher issued a walk, then Alex Miklos blasted a pitch over the left-field wall for a home run and 2-1 Kent State lead.

The Flashes would go on to score two more in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Cody Koch, two in the eight and three more in the ninth. Additional key hits for KSu came in the form of an RBI single by Tommy Monnot and a double by T.J. Sutton that plated two.

"I think our guys continued to battle and have good at bats," Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said. "Schoenrock had a perfect game in the sixth inning, he was cruising along then we were able to finally break through. Our guys, they did a great job sticking to the plan."

On the mound for Kent State was Taylor Williams, who went seven innings. He allowed just one run on seven hits and walked one, while stricking out eight.

"Taylor Williams gave us a great chance to win," Stricklin said. "He was really good again. We struggled to get runs early on, but credit to our hitters for staying patient and staying with the plan. We were able to have some great at bats late in the game to score some runs."

Brian Clark got in trouble in relief in the eighth with runners on second and third with no outs, but he was able to get a fly out and a pop out before he struck out a batter looking to get out of the jam. He also ended the game on a strikeout.

Seven different players picked up a hit for Kent State with six earning a RBI.

"We've got a lot of different guys that can contribute and help us out," said Stricklin. "We certainly do have a lot of depth on this team and we showed that today."

Memphis' only run came in the fifth on a double and sacrifice fly.

Miklos finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored and two RBI. Sawyer Polen also went 2-for-4.

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