Kent State pitchers dominate Pittsburgh for 4-1 baseball victory

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

Kent State starter Michael Clark allowed one run and two hits in the first inning, and that's all Pittsburgh would be able to do offensively on the night as the Golden Flashes defeated the Panthers 4-1 in a non-conference game Wednesday at Schoonover Stadium in Kent.

Clark, along with three other Kent State hurlers, did not allow a hit through the final eight innings.

"It was a good win for us today," said Kent State coach Jeff Duncan. "It was a solid performance by everybody."

The Golden Flashes improved to 23-12 on the season, while ACC-member Pittsburgh now falls to 16-20.

Clark went five innings for the win, with five walks and three strikeouts.

John Birkbeck came on in relief of Clark and pitched a perfect sixth inning. Birkbeck sat down the first two batters looking on three pitches each, before recording the third out on another K.

KSU's Andy Ravel followed with 22⁄3 innings of work, with one walk and three strikeouts, before John Fasola grabbed the save by getting the final out of the game on a strikeout.

With the stellar pitching performance, Kent State's offense didn't need to be as hot as it has been lately, but continued to produce with four runs on seven hits.

The Golden Flashes scored twice in the fourth when Zarley Zalewski reached on an error and came home on a Cody Koch double. Koch then scored on a single by Jeff Revesz.

The Flashes added two more tallies in the fifth on a Sawyer Polen walk, Jon Wilson single, Alex Miklos fielder's choice and double by Justin Wagler.

Wilson and T.J. Sutton both finished the night with two hits. Wilson added a stolen base, while Sutton had a double and a sacrifice.

Kent State hosts Buffalo this weekend in a Mid-American Conference East Division battle. The two teams are set to square off Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. both days and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games will be aired on Golden Flashes iHeart Radio.

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