Kent State Defeats Texas State 4-2 in 11 Innings in Game One at NCAA Austin Regional
June 3, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - Kent State capitalized on a pair of defensive miscues in the top of the 11th inning to score two runs and post a 4-2 victory against Texas State in the opening game of the NCAA Austin Regional on Friday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With Friday's win, third-seeded Kent State (44-15) advances to Saturday's winner's bracket game at 6:30 p.m. Central against the winner of Friday night's Texas-Princeton contest. Second-seeded Texas State (40-22) will play in an elimination game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Central against the loser of Friday night's Texas-Princeton contest.
In the top of the 11th, David Lyon led off the frame with a walk. Lyon then moved to third on a two-base throwing error by Texas State catcher Andrew Stumph, as Stumph was attempting to pick off Lyon. Pinch-hitter Jason Bagoly then lined an RBI single through the left side of a drawn-in infield to plate Lyon and give the Golden Flashes a 3-2 lead. After pinch-runner Nick Hamilton replaced Bagoly on the bases later in the inning, Kent State added an insurance run when Hamilton came home on a passed ball charged to Stumph.
Junior Kyle McMillen (1-2) picked up the win for Kent State, working a hitless final 2.1 innings while striking out two and walking one. Kyle Hallock started the game for the Golden Flashes and went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three and walking three.
Junior Jeff McVaney (1-2) took the loss for Texas State, tossing the final 2.0 innings and allowing two unearned runs on one hit while striking out one and walking two. Carson Smith started the game for the Bobcats and worked 9.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one. Smith set the school single-season strikeout record in the loss, finishing the contest with 130 strikeouts.
Kent State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. George Roberts lined a two-out single to right field that scored David Lyon from second base.
Texas State used a two-out rally in the sixth to even the score. After a Stumph single and a walk to Kyle Kubitza put runners on first and second, Cory Falvey delivered an RBI single to right that plated Stumph.
The Golden Flashes answered with a single run in the seventh. With two outs and the bases loaded, Evan Campbell lined an RBI single to right to bring home T.J. Sutton.
The Bobcats tied the score at 2-2 in the eighth. Casey Kalenkosky led off the frame with a double to left and advanced to third on a groundout by Stumph. Kubitza then hit a sac fly to left that brought home Kalenkosky.
George Roberts went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Joe Koch added two hits to pace the Kent State offense. Stumph was the lone Texas State player to record a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.