Record-Courier staff report
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The freshman duo of Eric Lauer and Andy Ravel led the way on the mound while Kent State's offense collected 10 runs on 16 hits to beat Eastern Michigan 10-2 in the opener Friday of their three-game Mid-American Conference series.
Lauer went six innings in the start, allowing one hit and one run while striking out four and walking three. Ravel threw the final three innings with three hits, one run and one strikeout.
The Golden Flashes (13-9, 3-1 MAC) broke the game open with two runs in the third inning, beginning when Jeff Revesz singled and came home on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Miklos. Miklos reached and advanced on an error, enabling him to come home in the next at-bat on a groundout.
Kent State really opened things up by scoring five runs in the fifth inning. It all started when leadoff batter Jon Wilson was hit by a pitch, followed by a Miklos single. In the next at-bat, Justin Wagler picked up the first RBI of the inning on a base hit. Zarley Zalewski was then also hit by a pitch before Cody Koch smacked a double off the wall in right-center to empty the bases. Curtis Olvey followed him with a double on the first pitch he saw in a pinch-hit appearance to make it a 7-1 game.
The Golden Flashes tacked on two more runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Wagler and base hit by Miklos. They plated their 10th run in the eighth when Olvey singled and later scored on a single by Revesz.
Eastern Michigan (9-12, 0-4) scored its second run with two outs in the ninth before a ground ball to the pitcher's mound ended the game.
Miklos went 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI and a walk. Wilson, Koch, Olvey, T.J. Sutton and Revesz all collected two hits.
The teams meet again today for game two. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.