Kent State baseball and softball teams pick up big MAC victories

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State baseball team refound its offense on Saturday.

One day after getting blanked 6-0 in a loss to the Buffalo Bulls, the Golden Flashes plated eight runs on 13 hits to win 8-4 at Schoonover Stadium in Kent against Buffalo.

"I thought we bounced back really well today," said Kent State head coach Jeff Duncan. "It was good to see and fun to watch."

The win improved Kent State to 24-13 overall and 10-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while the loss dropped Buffalo to 17-13 overall and 8-5 in the MAC.

Nick Jensen-Clagg was awarded his fourth win of the season after throwing 61⁄3 innings in the start. He allowed five hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out six.

KSU's John Fasola delivered 11⁄3 innings of scoreless bullpen relief, then Eric Dorsch earned his seventh save of the season in 11⁄3 innings.

Both teams scored in the first inning, but Kent State broke that tie soon after in the third inning with two runs on a RBI double by Alex Miklos and a RBI base hit by Zarley Zalewski.

The Bulls inched closer with a run in the fourth, but the Flashes kept them at bay with a three-run fifth inning In the frame, Zalewski picked up another RBI on a base hit. Jeff Revesz then doubled Zalewski home before Revesz himself scored on a single by Zach Beckner.

After Buffalo brought the game close once again with a two-run seventh, Kent State continued to respond with a run in both the seventh and the eighth.

For the game, Miklos and Zalewski both went 3-for-4.

"All together, I thought our offense played outstanding," Duncan said. "One through nine, everybody contributed and that's what we needed to do today and we'll need the same tomorrow."

SOFTBALL

KSU 8, BOWLING GREEN 0

Kent State junior Emma Johnson threw a shutout for the second time in as many days as Kent State needed just five innings to defeat Mid-American Conference East Division foe Bowling Green 8-0 on Saturday at the Diamond at Dix.

A day after tossing a no-hitter against Toledo, Johnson (11-7) allowed just two hits in throwing her fourth shutout of the season. She finished with six strikeouts, one walk and two hit batters.

Sophomore Michele Duffy put the Golden Flashes on the board with a two-out single in the bottom of the second inning that scored pinch-runner Chloe Kesterson. After freshman Maddy Grimm was intentionally walked, junior Dani Ramos tripled to give Kent State a 3-0 lead. Junior Ariele Patterson added a home run in the third inning.

Kent State's offense continued to add to its lead and wasted little time putting the run-rule into effect in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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