Kent State rolls to non-conference doubleheader baseball sweep of Oakland (Mich).

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State baseball team recorded 16 runs, three doubles, one triple, two home runs and a combined NCAA Division I record 14 hit batsmen in the game -- and that was just in seven innings of game one of a doubleheader with visiting Oakland on Tuesday afternoon in Kent.

The Golden Flashes showed their muscle, taking game one by a score of 16-5 then game two 16-1. Both games were seven-inning matchups.

Kent State improves to 16-10 on the season while Oakland drops to 4-13 on the year.

"I thought we played good baseball, especially in that second game," said KSU coach Jeff Duncan. "I thought we had a little sense of urgency because we really didn't play extremely well fundamentally that first game. Their pitchers gave us a lot of extra bases, a lot of freebies, and we took advantage of that."

The Grizzlies manufactured a run in the first inning of the day, but it would be their only lead throughout both games.

Kent State answered with a big eight-run first inning, thanks to a start from an inside-the-park home run by Alex Miklos. A two-RBI single by T.J. Sutton, bases-loaded hit by pitch with Jeff Revesz at the plate and a bases-clearing triple by Jon Wilson accounted for the early damage.

The Golden Flashes' scoring continued in game one with a five-run fourth inning that was aided by a home run by Cody Koch that towered over the batters eye located 400 feet from home plate.

The home team also plated three runs in the fifth to close out the 16-5 seven-inning victory.

Six of the Flashes' runs were for extra bases in the game while Wilson and T.J. Sutton both collected two hits. Every starter scored at least one run in the opening contest.

The 16 runs were hardly needed, as four Kent State pitchers combined to allow only four hits and five runs. John Birkbeck earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year after three innings of work without allowing a hit. John Fasola followed him with two innings of relief with two hits and no runs while striking out three.

The Golden Flashes kept their foot on the gas pedal in game two, following with 10 more hits and 16 more runs in the seven-inning game two 16-1 victory.

The game began with another big first inning as Kent State plated six runs beginning with an RBI triple by Justin Wagler. After the bases were loaded, Revesz hit his first collegiate home run in grand style, making it a 6-0 game.

"I'm elated for him," said Duncan of Revesz. "He's just starting to get an opportunity here in these last few weeks and he's making the most of it. I was extremely happy for him because he works extremely hard, he's a great teammate and a good player."

Miklos joined his Grove City bomber counterpart in the third inning with a grand slam of his own, continuing the offensive onslaught of the day.

Sutton was perfect again in game two with a 2-for-2 game. Miklos added in a triple and sacrifice to finish 2-for-2 also. As with game one, every starter crossed home plate safely.

"Our at-bats were outstanding," said Duncan. "There were some pretty big performances with Revesz hitting a grand slam and Miklos hitting a grand slam. That's a good day overall."

Kent State was even better on the mound in the second matchup as three hurlers did not allow an earned run while giving up just four hits, walking two and striking out seven. Michael Clark got the win after four innings in the start with two walks and five strikeouts in a dominant performance. Tim Faix and Spencer Bryant followed with quality innings of relief to cap off the doubleheader sweep.

"He was sharp," Duncan said of his game two starter, Clark. "He's been good all year and was really efficient. He's got really good stuff and he did a good job today."

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