April 17, 2012
vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (17-17)
Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium (FREE ADMISSION)
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SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION - PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (17-17) • Big East Conference
• Kent State steps out of Mid-American Conference play to conclude its home-and-home non-conference series with Pittsburgh.
• The Golden Flashes dropped the first game of the series, 6-5, on March 28 at Pittsburgh's Charles L. Cost Field. Kent State battled back from a 6-1 deficit after three innings to pull within one and load the bases in the top of the ninth but could not quite complete the comeback. The Golden Flashes dropped their second straight one-run game after falling to Toledo, 4-3, in 12 innings on March 27. The Panthers put a halt to a 10-game losing streak at the hands of the Flashes. Sophomore second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) led Kent State at the plate with a three-for-three effort with two runs scored while junior center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) and freshman first baseman Tommy Monnot (Canton, Ohio) each finished with two hits.
• Since beating Kent State, Pittsburgh has lost six of its last 11 games, including dropping two one-run affairs to South Florida after beating the Bulls Friday (April 13) in the opening game of the three-game Big East weekend set, 2-1. The Panthers fell by a 6-5 count the following day and lost 9-8 in the series finale.
Kent State closes its home-and-home non-conference series with Pittsburgh Tuesday (April 17) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. Admission is free.
The Golden Flashes (20-15) have won 12 of their last 16 games -- including a 31-20 slugfest at Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green Sunday (April 15) to close the three-game weekend set.
At some point after the opening pitch Sunday (April 15), a football game erupted on the baseball diamond of Steller Field, and, 487 pitches later, Kent State romped to a 31-20 victory over Bowling Green. Kent State's run total marked a new school record for a conference game. Kent State's record for runs in a single game was set in 1986 against Guilford - a 35-4 victory for the Flashes.
To put the final score of Sunday's game in some perspective, the Kent State football team battled Bowling Green on Oct. 29, 2011, at Dix Stadium, with Kent State coming out on top, 27-15.
With the winds blowing out at 25 miles per hour, the conditions were right for a barrage of runs as the two teams combined for 51 of them. Kent State's 31 runs were the most in a single game since tallying 28 at Ohio on April 25, 2009. Twelve of those runs in Sunday's game at Bowling Green came with two outs. The Flashes collected 25 hits, marking its highest output in a single game since that same contest at Ohio.
Seven Kent State players finished with multi-hit games, led by four apiece by junior designated hitter Jason Bagoly (Austintown, Ohio) and junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.). Bagoly finished with two doubles, his third home run of 2012 and a single while Roberts collected four singles. Bagoly's seven RBIs were the most in a game for the Flashes since Anthony Gallas piled up seven at Akron on May 21, 2010. Sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) hit his second career home run and added a double and a single, all while piling up a career-high six RBIs. Freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) smashed the first two homers of his collegiate career. Senior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) crushed his fourth home run of the season and added a single. Junior center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) chipped in a triple and a double.
Kent State's offense also produced a ton of runs in its last midweek game at Schoonover Stadium.
Kent State pounded out 17 hits – including eight doubles - and 11 players posted at least one base knock in a 14-4 non-conference victory over Youngstown State last Wednesday (April 11) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) led the hit parade with a double and two singles for his 14th multi-hit game of 2012. Freshman center fielder Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.) smacked two doubles while freshman catcher Tommy Monnot (Canton, Ohio), and freshman second baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) each tallied a double and a single. Junior designated hitter Jason Bagoly (Austintown, Ohio) collected two base hit