RECORD-COURIER STAFF REPORT
In another back-and-forth game, Kent State (28-14, 12-5) could not find a final answer for Bowling Green (18-20, 9-8), losing 8-6 to force a rubber match in the final game of the series today.
Golden Flashes senior Cody Koch got the scoring started with a solo shot to right field in the second before the Falcons scored two unearned in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Zarley Zalewski joined the home run club in the fourth, scoring Koch to give the Flashes a 3-2 advantage. They added two more on in the fifth on a T.J. Sutton triple, scoring Justin Wagler and Koch, who had singled and doubled earlier in the inning.
Bowling Green grabbed the lead with a big six-run fifth inning. The first four batters of the frame singled, followed by two more singles and two errors later in the inning.
Kent State tried to make a comeback, scoring once more in the seventh and putting two on in the ninth, but could not overcome the deficit.
Nick Jensen-Clagg suffered the loss as the starter, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (5 earned) with two walks and three strikeouts. Michael Clark threw three shutout innings of relief, allowing three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Koch continued to swing a hot stick, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Sutton and Zalewski also had an extra-base hit and two RBI.
The final game of the series is set for today at 1:05 p.m.