The Kent State baseball team moved within a game of clinching the 2017 Mid-American Conference regular season championship with a 5-1 victory over Miami on Saturday at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (33-13, 17-3 MAC), who have won seven games in a row and 16 of their last 18, hold a three-game lead over Central Michigan in the MAC standings and own the tiebreaker over the Chippewas. Kent State can clinch the conference crown by finishing a series sweep of the RedHawks (20-32, 6-14) today.
The Flashes scored four runs in the first inning to take control, as Nick Kanavas delivered a two-run double. Dylan Rosa, playing his first game since suffering a thumb injury after being hit by a pitch on April 30, singled home another run in the second to push the count to 5-0.
Pitchers Jared Skolnicki (3-2) and Connor Wollersheim made the lead stand up.
TRACK AND FIELD
Senior Danniel Thomas won her second event of the weekend to help the Kent State women's team finish third, while senior Reggie Jagers also earned victory No. 2 of the meet on Saturday while leading the Golden Flashes men's squad to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Thomas was named the MAC's Most Outstanding Field Performer after setting her second meet record of the weekend, winning the discus with a toss of 194-7.
Jagers was also chosen Most Outstanding Field Performer after capturing his second gold medal of the weekend by throwing 201-8.75 in the discus to set MAC meet and Kanley Track & Field Complex records.
In the triple jump, AJ Stevens recorded a career-best mark of 52-8.25 to claim his first career MAC title. His effort ranks third in Kent State history.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Tyler Williams, Jorian Ordway, Lauren Burnett and Taylor Farquhar was also victorious in 3:41.23.
Farquhar also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, taking third place with a time of 59.02 seconds.
Williams ran a personal-best 54.57 in the 400 meters to take third-place, while Ordway finished sixth (55.02).
Olivia Gaus recorded a career-best time of 2:08.43 in the 800 meters, earning a bronze medal. Hannah Fleck also turned in a career-best time in the 800, running 2:09.19 to finish in fourth.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Mi'Angel Daniels captured third place by running a career-best 13.62 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Kayla Seymour, Ordway, Daniels and Bennisha Nunn took fourth place with a time of 46.14 seconds.
Talia Falco set a new personal-best mark in the triple jump of 39-8.25 to finish sixth. In the high jump, Lauren Pannell captured fifth place by clearing 5-6.75.
Akron won the MAC women's championship with 128 points, followed by Eastern Michigan (124), Kent State (118.5), Northern Illinois (84.5), Miami (74), Toledo (63), Bowling Green (60), Western Michigan (53), Buffalo (48) and Central Michigan (26).
On the men's side, Trevor Detillion finished fifth in the discus (170-0) while former Rootstown star David Paliscak was 14th (144-0.25) for KSU.
DJ Ohlson turned in a career-best performance in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-10.25 to finish runner-up, while Abdul-Nasser Seidu took fourth (6-8.5).
Dairius Ragland also collected a runner-up finish, taking second in the 110-meter hurdles with a dive at the finish line for a time of 14.41 seconds. Richard Dahome took fourth in the event (14.63).
In the 400 meters, Jason Drake finished third with a time of 47.67 seconds, followed by Matt Tobin in fifth place at 48.89 seconds. Brian Smith was sixth in the 100 meters (10.64).
In the post-meet awards ceremony, redshirt freshman TJ Lawson (Stow) was named MAC Freshman of the Year after winning the decathlon on Friday.
Akron captured the men's team championship with a total of 166.5 points, followed by Eastern Michigan (140), Buffalo (117), Kent State (112), Miami (72), and Central Michigan (42.5).
The Flashes will travel to Lexington, Ky., May 25-27 for the NCAA East Regional Championships.