KSU baseball stays hot, beats Memphis for 2nd straight series win

By Allen Moff | Staff writer Published:

The Kent State baseball team defeated host Memphis 4-2 in 10 innings on Sunday to capture its second consecutive series victory.

The Golden Flashes (6-11) took 2-of-3 games from the Tigers (11-8) after scoring two runs in the top of the 10th. Sophomore Tommy Monnot was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate what proved to be the winning run, then junior Cody Koch singled home an insurance run.

Freshman Nick Jensen-Clagg pitched two shutout innings to earn his first collegiate victory, allowing two hits while striking out a pair. Senior Casey Wilson, switched to a starter this season after serving as a reliever previously for the Flashes, turned in his second straight solid performance. Wilson went 71⁄3 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with one walk and a pair of strikeouts.

Sophomore Alex Miklos went 3-for-4 and scored two runs to pace Kent State's offense. Senior George Roberts, a preseason All-American who broke the hamate bone in his left wrist during the first game of the season, was back in the lineup and singled home a run. Senior Evan Campbell had a double and single, and Koch added a pair of singles.

The Flashes, who have now won four of their last five games after starting the season 2-10, are scheduled to play their first home game of the season Wednesday against Pittsburgh at 4 p.m.

GYMNASTICS

Kent State scored 195.975 on Senior Night to win its final home meet of the season on Friday, a quad that featured New Hampshire (194.675), Southeast Missouri State (194.025) and Cornell (192.450).

The Golden Flashes extended their winning streak to eight straight events while honoring their five seniors: Lindsay Runyan, Felicia Charles, Stephanie Smart, Rachel Guida and Lauren Wozniak.

Wozniak and sophomore Chelsea Drooger paced Kent State on vault with a 9.825. Guida led the way with a 9.875 on the uneven bars.

Junior Marie Case scored a 9.925 on the balance beam, while freshman Nicolle Eastman turned in a 9.900 to help the Flashes post a team beam score of 49.225.

Freshman Katlin Issacs had the team high on the floor exercise at 9.825.

With the regular season Mid-American Conference championship secure, the Flashes will travel to Western Michigan for the M.A.C. Championship Meet on Saturday.

WOMEN'S GOLF

Kent State finished in 15th place at the 41st annual SunTrust Gator Invitational, which concluded Sunday in Gainesville, Fla. The Golden Flashes shot a 26-over 306 in the final round for a 54-hole score of 924 at the par-70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.

Freshman Josee Doyon led Kent State by cutting seven strokes off of her second-round score to finish at 3-over 73. She finished 48th overall, while sophomore Jennifer Ha went 6-over 76 in the final round and placed 53rd.

Kent State is back in action March 25-26 at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, Ga.

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