Kent State baseball headed to Louisville for NCAA Regional

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State baseball team is headed for Louisville.

Fresh off a 3-0 victory over the Akron Zips to win the Mid-American Conference tournament championship, the Golden Flashes learned of their NCAA Regional site on Sunday.

Kent State was awarded the No. 4 seed and will face off against top-seeded Louisville on Friday at 6 p.m.

KSU will enter the game with a 36-21 overall record, while the Cardinals are 45-15. For the Flashes program, the 36 wins marked the 15th straight year of at least 35 wins in a season.

Joining Kent State and Louisville in the regional will be No. 2 seed Kentucky, with a 35-23 record, along with the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, who are 34-24.

The Flashes played the Cardinals three times in 2013 and again in 2011. Of the three times they played a year ago, Kent State lost the first two meetings before winning the third game when Louisville was ranked No. 4 overall the country.

Kentucky and Kent State met in 2012 at the NCAA Regional level, when KSU won in dramatic fashion. In an opening-game matchup, the Flashes scored a 7-6 victory in 21 innings, then won the regional with another 7-6 victory. Kent State has never played against Kansas.

The NCAA Regionals are a double-elimination format, with the winner moving on to the Super Regional level next week.

Kentucky and Kansas face off against each other at 2 p.m. on Friday.

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