Mononucleosis to keep Kent State baseball's Polen out of MAC tourney

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

The Kent State baseball team will be missing two third-year starters at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Junior shortstop Sawyer Polen missed last weekend's regular-season ending series against Akron after contracting mononucleosis, and Golden Flashes head coach Jeff Duncan confirmed on Monday that Polen will not travel with the team to Avon for the MAC tourney.

Polen (Triway) was named Second Team All-MAC last year after batting .312. His average has slipped to .244 overall this year, but he batted .306 during the regular season against league foes.

Polen's loss was announced just two days after Duncan confirmed that star junior centerfielder Alex Miklos is done for the year. Miklos suffered a torn ACL during a May 3 game against Northern Illinois, and will undergo knee surgery this week.

Miklos leads the Flashes with a .362 average, 18 doubles, seven triples, 593 slugging percentage, 439 on-base percentage and 17 stolen bases -- all that despite missing the past seven games after suffering the injury.

The Flashes will face Bowling Green in their tourney opener today at 1 p.m.

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