Baseball team loses four against Kansas St.

Brad Tansey

The Kent State baseball team traveled to Tointon Stadium this weekend to take on Kansas State, but the Flashes came away empty-handed after losing four games.

In the last game of the road trip, Kent State (5-9) was unable to prevent the big inning, allowing seven runs in the second inning of yesterday afternoon’s game.

“It (the big inning) happens when you make an error or give up a hit,” Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s hard to stop.”

The Wildcats (13-2) scored 39 runs in the four-game series against the Flashes.

Out of the 39 runs given up by Kent State, 35 were earned.

“We need to get ahead of hitters,” Stricklin said. “We aren’t throwing enough strikes.”

Senior left fielder Anthony Gallas hit Kent State’s second grand slam of the season in Friday’s game. Gallas went 5-for-14 with eight RBIs against the Cats this weekend. The Flashes lost Friday’s game 11-8.

In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Kent State lost 10-9 in 10 innings before losing game two, 7-1.

Sophomore Jimmy Rider hit his first home run of the season in game two of the doubleheader.

Yesterday, the Flashes’ bats couldn’t connect as Kansas State won the game 11-0. Kansas State sophomore Justin Lindsey (2-0) pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, picking up the win. Junior Kyle Hallock (0-2) was the losing pitcher for Kent State, giving up 10 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Kent State will open its home season at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Schoonover Stadium against Duquesne.

Contact sports correspondent Brad Tansey at [email protected].