Jensen-Clagg's strong outing lead Kent State baseball over Eastern Michigan

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Record-Courier staff report

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- For the second straight weekend, the Kent State baseball team captured a series win inside Mid-American Conference play.

On Saturday, it was a 6-1 victory over the host Eastern Michigan Eagles that featured the Golden Flashes playing well in all facets of the game.

"Our offense had a consistent approach all game," said Kent State head coach Jeff Duncan. "We cashed in late, but we executed early in the game. We did a great job offensively."

The Golden Flashes (14-9, 4-1 MAC) plated a run in the first inning after Jon Wilson started the game with a base hit, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Miklos, stole third, then scored on a single by Justin Wagler.

T.J. Sutton picked up a RBI double in the fourth inning to score Cody Koch, who had singled in the previous at-bat.

Eastern Michigan (9-13, 0-5 MAC) was able to get on the board with a two-out double and single in the sixth, but it was all the home team could muster in the game.

Kent State added three insurance runs in the eighth inning with the help of Eastern Michigan errors.

Sawyer Polen reached on an error by the third baseman before Conner Simonetti reached when the left fielder dropped a fly ball.

Jeff Revesz then picked up a RBI on a base hit.

Two more runs came in later on a RBI single by Wilson after pinch-runner Jake Neuschaefer and Revesz completed a double steal.

The Flashes added one more tally in the ninth when Koch and Polen both singled in the inning, making it a 6-1 game.

Nick Jensen-Clagg (1-1) pitched a solid game in the start to earn the win.

He went seven strong innings, allowing just five hits, one run and one walk while striking out six. Josh Pierce followed him with two innings of shutout work in relief with one hit, two walks and one strikeout.

"I thought Nick Jensen-Clagg had an unreal start," Duncan said. "He pitched really well. He did a great job."

The two teams will meet again today, weather permitting, for a 1 p.m. start in Ypsilanti.

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