April 29, 2011
Friday's Photo Gallery
ATHENS, Ohio-Kent State catcher David Lyon went 5-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the visiting Golden Flashes to an 11-3 victory over host Ohio Friday at Bob Wren Stadium.
KSU improved to 28-12 overall and 13-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while Ohio dropped to 19-22 and 5-11 in the league.
Second baseman Derek Toadvine added a 4-for-5 effort and left fielder Joe Koch tacked on a 3-for-5 showing at the bottom of the lineup for KSU, while shortstop Jimmy Rider, third baseman Travis Shaw and right fielder Ben Klafczynski all knocked in two runs apiece.
Ohio left fielder Kory Burkhart, shortstop Garrett Black and pitcher/designated hitter Seth Streich all had two hits.
KSU starter Ryan Mace (4-1) stepped in for ace Andrew Chafin and delivered a fine performance. He picked up the victory after allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Reliever Spencer Bryant worked a scoreless ninth as well.
Ohio starter Seth Streich (1-6) found the going rough early on, allowing six earned runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings. Reliever Ben Trimbur did a nice job at the end of the game, holding the Flashes off the board over the final two and one-third innings with three hits and three strikeouts.
KSU jumped on top by a 7-0 early with three in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth before Ohio got on the board with two in the sixth on an RBI single through the left side by Burkhart and a sac fly to left by first baseman Taylor Emody.
The Flashes got four more in the seventh before the Bobcats accounted for the final margin with a sac fly down the left field line by second baseman Bryan Barnes.
Voshell ripped his fourth double of the season, while KSU's Lyon had his fourth triple and fourth homer. The homer came in the first inning after Klafczynski's eighth homer of the season. Shaw blasted a one-out homer in the third, his 10th round-tripper of the season.
With rain in the forecast for Sunday, the two teams will complete the series Saturday with a 1 p.m. ET doubleheader.