A No. 3 seed from the MAC, the Kent St. Golden Flashes upset the No. 5 national seed Oregon Ducks, 7-6, in Game 1 of the Eugene, Ore., Super Regional in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament. If Kent State wins on Sunday, the Golden Flashes will advance to the College World Series.
Oregon threatened with two runs scored in the bottom of the ninth and a bases-loaded situation, but center fielder Evan Campbell laid out for a ball to make the final out of the game.
Kent State starting pitcher David Starn held the Ducks hitless for the first four innings before giving up a single in the fifth inning. However, he did allow a run in the third inning after a couple of walks, a couple of groundouts and a balk allowed a run to score. It was the second groundout that played the run. Starn allowed one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before leaving with one out recorded in the seventh inning.
The Golden Flashes' offense scored five runs between the third and fifth innings and then two in the eighth inning. The two in the eighth were unearned as right fielder Aaron Jones misplayed the ball and allowed the runners to cross home plate. Jones, a Colorado Rockies 18th round draft pick went 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored.
Game 3 will take place on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. MT. Tune into ESPNU to watch the game.