RECORD-COURIER STAFF REPORT
Kent State (22-11, 9-2 Mid-American Conference) scored at least one run in each of the first five innings en route to a 13-4 victory over Miami (13-20, 4-7 MAC) on Saturday night in Kent.
"It was good to see our offense come out the way they did," said KSU coach Jeff Duncan. "They had great at-bats early in the game and capitalized on every free opportunity we possibly could have. One through nine, our guys all produced."
The Golden Flashes jumped out to a 7-0 lead after scoring three runs in the second and third innings. Alex Miklos drove in two runs with a second-inning triple, while Zarley Zalewski, Jeff Revesz and Sawyer Polen had RBI singles.
After the RedHawks scored a pair in the fourth, the Flashes immediately answered with four runs to blow the game wide open. Cody Koch ripped an RBI triple, T.J. Sutton chipped in a run-scoring single, then Revesz ripped a two-run homer over the wall in left-center.
Miklos, Zalewski, Revesz and Polen all bolstered their batting averages with three hits on the night as Kent State finished with 19 total hits. Justin Wagler and Sutton added two hits each.
Flashes starting pitcher Nick Jensen-Clagg went 6.1 innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs with no walks and five strikeouts.
"He was really good," Duncan said. "It's tough to pitch in those circumstances when he pitches a half an inning then goes and sits down for half an hour, but he stayed really focused and he had really good stuff again."
The series finale is set for today at 1 p.m. at Schoonover Stadium.