After Friday rain shortened the weekend series in Athens to just Saturday and Sunday, the Golden Flashes took all three games over the Ohio Bobcats this past weekend by scores of 11-1, 5-3, and 18-2.
The Golden Flashes picked up 43 hits over the course of the series, compared to just 20 for Ohio.
Starting pitching struggled through the weekend. Jake Roehn gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs in the game one, 11-1 loss. Jake Rudnicki gave up five runs in game two and Connor Sitz surrendered six runs in just two thirds of an inning in the Sunday contest. The sophomore Sitz fell to 0-7 on the year with the loss.
Each Kent State pitcher who started a game during the weekend went at least six innings, and none gave up more than two runs. Eric Lauer, the stud of a freshman who has dominated on the mound all year in 2014, went six innings strong while only yielding four hits and one run. Lauer ran his record to 7-1 on the year with the win and decreased his ERA on the season to 1.90.
No Bobcat batter was able to put together a very consistent series. Freshman Mitch Longo, far and away the Bobcat enjoying the most success, went 1-4, 3-5, and 0-3 over the series.
The usually trustworthy Jake Madsen and Tyler Wells combined to go 7-25 during the weekend.
Heaps of Kent State players had success at Bob Wren Stadium, with the rain doing little to dampen the Golden Flashes' bats.
Senior outfielder Jon Wilson went 7-16 in the leadoff spot over the weekend.
Two-hole hitter Alex Miklos ripped seven hits in 13 at-bats over the weekend and scored six runs. He is hitting at a .381clip.
Zarley Zalewski hit a cool .500 by hitting 6-12 at the dish while contributing five RBI. Azlewski is now hitting at a .420 pace on the year.
First baseman Cody Koch only had three hits, but still managed to score seven runs and add five RBI over the weekend courtesy of several walks and errors.
The weekend helped to up the team's batting average on the season to .291.
It was just the kind of weekend that has to make the MAC fear Kent State baseball as it moves on into the thick of MAC play with a 7-2 conference record (19-10 overall).