No. 28 Kent State Baseball’s Senior Day Spoiled In Loss To Akron
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team suffered a tough 13-4 senior day loss to Akron today (May 21) in the 2011 regular season finale at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
Senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) posted a double to earn the 300th hit of his illustrious career and become the fourth Golden Flash to enter the 300 hits club in his final game on his home field, joining Andrew Davis (2004-07; 313), Jess Bechard (1997-00; 304) and Anthony Gallas (2007-10; 302).
Despite the loss, the Golden Flashes (39-13, 21-5 MAC) – ranked No. 28 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper – still won the weekend series over Mid-American Conference East Division rival Akron (16-37, 7-20 MAC) and became the first Kent State team to win 39 regular season games since the 2000 squad achieved the feat. The 2011 MAC regular season champs, Kent State finished the campaign having won 30 of its last 35 games and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Flashes await word on who they'll play next Wednesday (May 25) in their MAC Tournament first round matchup at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. Stay tuned to KentStateSports.com to find out the identity of Kent State's game one opponent in the MAC Tournament and for complete coverage of the Flashes' quest for a third straight conference tournament crown and NCAA Regional berth.