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The Flashes go to Omaha! Kent St. punches college world series ticket

Walkoff winner

Walkoff winner

Stony Brook won’t be the only Cinderella story at this year’s College World Series in Omaha. The Golden Flashes of Kent St. are joining the party too. The crew from the MAC is the first from the conference to make the trip since Eastern Michigan back in 1976, ending a 36-year drought. Their run included an epic 21-inning affair in the Regionals against Kentucky followed by three one-run games against the Oregon Ducks in the Super Regionals.

Finally, last night the Kent St. boys scratched out the deciding game three win in the bottom of the ninth on a bloop single by senior Jimmy Rider that found the Bermuda triangle in shallow left field. The hit plated sophomore Derek Toadvine and ensured the Golden Flashes berth in college baseball’s championship.

It may not have been a home run blast, but a walkoff win is a walkoff win. And it’s hard to compete with a game-winning hit that sends your team to the College World Series. Listen to the call from the Kent St. broadcast crew (and note video up on YouTube is simply titled “The Play”). Gotta love college sports.

The Flashes go to Omaha! The Flashes go to Omaha!


  1. Glenn

    June 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    To all the folks “planning” the college football playoff. PLEASE let it be conference champions only. Do you see what happens when you have to WIN a game to get in?? It’s fantastic. If you need more evidence, watch any of the smaller conference basketball championships where only the winner of the conference will get into March Madness. See how those guys react to WINNING a game to get into the playoffs.

    Congrats and good luck to Kent State!

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