Record-Courier staff report
Kent State senior gymnast Marie Case was named the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches co-Gymnast of the Year on Saturday, when she also advanced to the NCAA Championships in the All-Around.
Case placed fifth overall at the NCAA Central Region in Baton Rouge, La., inside Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
"What an incredible honor it is for Marie to be awarded with this," Kent State head coach Brice Biggin said. "Having her tie with Rheagan Courville for the award is great, they are both great gymnasts as they both put on a great show today."
The Golden Flashes failed to advance as a team, closing out a successful season that saw the team finish with a 17-8 overall record.
Case's All-Around score on Saturday was a 39.325. She tied for fifth on the floor (9.900), tied for 15th on the beam (9.850), tied for 16th on vault (9.800) and tied for 21st on the bars.
SOFTBALL TEAM RALLIES FOR 8-3 WIN OVER AKRON
A huge seven-run sixth inning, highlighted by a Abbey Ledford homerun, lifted the Golden Flashes to an 8-3 win over host Akron at Lee R. Jackson Field on Saturday.
"I was really proud of the way we fought back today," said Kent State head coach Karen Linder. "We stayed with it, stayed focused, stayed confident. It was a huge win and finally the offense started to click for us late in the game."
The rally started with a leadoff double over the head of the centerfielder by junior Ariele Patterson. After a well-hit lineout by senior Kim Morgason, Linder went to her bench and got back-to-back clutch hits. Freshman Janel Hayes collected her first collegiate hit with a single the opposite way that scored Patterson to tie the game. Sophomore Michele Duffy followed with a double to right field.
"Ariele Patterson did a great job for us and had a lot to do with our comeback," Linder said of her right fielder, who also scored the Flashes' first run of the game following a single in the fourth inning. "And then our pinch-hitters came in and did their jobs and it kept us in the game. Jessacca Gironda, Janel Hayes and Michele Duffy all came in and got hits for us."
KENT STATE TAKES TWO OVER HOST OHIO
Kent State (18-10, 6-2 MAC) took a share of the Mid-American Conference East Division lead after sweeping a doubleheader at Ohio (5-22, 1-7 MAC) on Saturday (Apr. 5). They took the first game 11-1 before winning the second 5-3.
The two wins make it ten-straight for Kent State at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, dating back to the 2009 season.
The Golden Flashes will go for the series sweep today at 1 p.m.