If you’re a fan of college sports and MACtion (and of course you are or you wouldn’t be a regular visitor to the Belt) then your opportunities to celebrate the best of Mid-America this year are winding down. Tonight is the next one of those installments as the Kent State Golden Flashes begin their run to Omaha in the college baseball tournament. The Flashes, a three-seed in the Lubbock regional, will take on the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals at 7PM. Also in the regional is the top seed host school and #9 national seed, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, as well as the 4th-seeded Georgia Bulldogs.
Kent State comes in at 39-16 and fresh off the Mid-American Championship they won. They have a team ERA of 3.56 and a team batting average of .290. For comparison, the Cardinals come in to this regional at 43-17 with a team ERA of 3.26 and a team batting average of .289. If you’re a fan of the longball, the Flashes have parked 37 dingers this season and the Cardinals 38. I’m not a baseball expert by any means, but I feel like those kinds of similarities are going to make for an exciting game and a legitimate chance for Kent State to advance in the winners bracket of this double-elimination tournament.
With a win, the Flashes can put a marquee name in the win column as well. Louisville has spent time in the top 5 this season continuing a trend of recent baseball success. UL has advanced to five straight super regionals and the College World Series in three of the last five years. So that’s the kind of win that Kent State would love to have.
Before you chuckle or think it’s impossible, don’t laugh. It was only six years ago that Kent State marched all the way to the College World Series. That also started with a game against a team from Kentucky. I’m not one for superstition but that’s a pretty interesting coincidence.
Your relevant information:
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Louisville Cardinals
Location: Lubbock, TX
Start Time: 7PM
Stream: WatchESPN, pending cable provider