April 30, 2011
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
ATHENS, Ohio-The Kent State baseball team got a stellar effort from its pitching staff to take both ends of a doubleheader from host Ohio Saturday at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Flashes won the first game 4-0 and the second by a 9-1 score to sweep the doubleheader, and series, from the Bobcats. KSU improved to 30-12 overall and 15-3 with the victories, while the Bobcats dropped to 19-24 and 5-13.
KSU starting pitchers Kyle Hallock and David Starn both registered victories on the day after fine performances on the mound. Hallock won game one after throwing seven and a third innings with no runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. He was relieved by closer Kyle McMillen, who came on and got his 13th save of the season after surrendering just a hit in one and two-thirds innings with two strikeouts. Starn improved to 7-1 after giving up no earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Relievers Brennen Glass and Justin Gill kept the Bobcats off the board in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of the second game as well.
Ohio starter Brent Choban (3-4) pitched well in the first game, but was tagged with the loss. He gave up one earned run on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in eight and one-third innings. Fellow starter Matt Robin (2-3) also fell to the Flashes, giving up five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in five and two-thirds innings. Reliever Scott White pitched well in the ninth innings, whiffing two Flashes and walking one.
Kent State catcher David Lyon continued to haunt the Bobcats, going 4-for-8 on the day with three doubles. For the weekend, he went 9-for-14 with five extra-base hits, five RBIs and 17 total bases. He, shortstop Jimmy Rider and center fielder Evan Campbell all drove in three runs on the afternoon.
Ohio center fielder Ethan Newton had a great day at the plate, going 5-for-7 with a stolen base to give him a team-high 17 for the season.
Both teams took a scoreless draw into the fifth inning of the first game, when the Flashes finally broke through when second baseman Derek Toadvine scored from third on a two-out Bobcat fielding error.
The visitors tacked on three more in the ninth on a two-run double to left center by Campbell and a run-scoring double to center by third baseman Travis Shaw, who had two in the game to give him 11 on the season.
The Flashes broke on top early in the second game with a run in the first, but Ohio knotted the affair with a single to left center by second baseman Bryan Barnes.
That would be Ohio's only RBI of the day, however, as KSU added another run in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth for the game's eight run margin.
Rider had a three-run double in the sixth frame to give him 13 for the season. He and left fielder Joe Koch had stolen bases in the game, their fourth and eighth of the season, respectively.
All of Ohio's 15 hits on the day went for singles.
The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday and Wednesday when Wright State and Youngstown State come in on back-to-back days. Both games are set to begin at 6 p.m. ET at Bob Wren Stadium. The YSU game was rescheduled after rain forced a postponement on Tuesday.