Baseball Looks to Bounce Back in West Coast Trip to San Diego
Kent State (0-4) makes the cross-country trip to San Diego (0-3) for four games, starting on Friday (Feb. 22) in a 6:00 PST night game.
The Flashes will look to brush off early season errors they committed in their opening weekend and tighten down on pitching. In their first four games, Kent State totaled 14 errors and walked 20 batters while hitting ten.
However, offense was no problem for Kent State. Through four games they are out-hitting opponents 47-40. Seven players on the team had five or more hits on the weekend; eleven registered at least one.
Kent State's starting rotation will look similiar, with Tyler Skulina in the No. 1 spot, followed by Casey Wilson and Taylor Williams on Saturday. Williams was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week for his 7.0 inning, one hit, one run performance in his first outing. Sunday's starter is TBD.
Tommy Monnot will look to stay hot as Kent State's early leading-hitter. The catcher/first baseman is hitting .368 in four starts with two doubles. Alex Miklos is right behind him, batting .357 with the team's only homerun so far this year, bolstering his slugging percentage to a team-high .643. Freshman Zarley Zalewski impressed many with a 4-for-5 performance in his first career game. He is hitting .357.
San Diego also enters the weekend looking for their first victory of the season. The Toreros went 0-3 against neighboring San Diego State. San Diego was ranked among the top 25 teams entering the season on some national polls, but have fallen off all after a winless start.
All games will have live stats and video available on usdtoreros.com.