Kent State Baseball Battles Penn State, Pittsburgh In Pair Of Midweek Games
• The Kent State baseball team journeys to State College, Pa., Tuesday (April 5) for the first of two midweek games this week, taking on Penn State in a 6:05 p.m. meeting at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Golden Flashes are scheduled to host Pittsburgh Wednesday (April 6) at 3 p.m. at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. Kent State enters Tuesday's battle with the Nittany Lions having won seven of its last nine games.
• Kent State's game against Penn State Wednesday (March 30) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium was called due to snow fall and low visbility. Penn State led, 1-0, through three innings before umpires Jeremy Stangelo and Patrick Kennedy delayed the contest and then subsequently called it after a 20 minute delay.
• The Golden Flashes completed a sweep of Western Michigan last weekend (April 1-2) in their first conference road series of 2011. Sophomore center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) led the Flashes at the plate in the series, batting .500 with six hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Granger Township, Ohio) smacked a two-out RBI double in the top of the 10th inning, and senior right-handed closer Justin Gill (Canton, Ohio) sat down the side in the bottom half to seal a 3-2 win over the Broncos last Friday (April 1).
The Flashes then completed the sweep courtesy of winning both games of a doubleheader at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field. The Golden Flashes won the first game, 4-1, then edged the Broncos (13-15, 3-3 MAC), 2-1, in the second game. Kent State took down Western Michigan, 3-2, in 10 innings on Friday (April 1).
• Senior left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) was named the MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday (April 4). It is the first honor for the senior this season, and the second consecutive pitcher of the week for the Golden Flashes.
Hallock tossed game one of Kent State's doubleheader at Western Michigan last Saturday (April 2) at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field. He matched his career high by throwing eight innings to help push the Golden Flashes (15-10, 5-1 MAC) to a 4-1 win. Hallock limited the Broncos to one earned run on six hits and struck out five while walking three.
For the year, Hallock owns a 3-4 record with a 2.86 ERA in seven appearances. In 44 innings of work, Hallock has 32 strikeouts to just 14 walks.