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The Golden Flashes were eliminated from the College World Series on Thursday, losing to two-time defending champion South Carolina, 4-1. Gamecocks pitcher Michael Roth allowed only two hits and didn’t allow a base runner after the second inning.
Kent State pitchers Tyler Skulina, Casey Wilson and Brian Clark were almost as good, shutting down South Carolina’s offense after the third inning but it wasn’t enough.
“We have a lot of guys returning next year, and with all of this experience under their belts, it will help them out a lot,” Skulina told The Associated Press. “We have a really good class coming in next year for our freshmen. So that’s going to motivate them to want to beat us out for spots and be able to play, so that’s just going to make our team better.”
The Golden Flashes finish the year at 47-20. Along the way they won the Mid-American Conference championship for the fourth consecutive year, swept through their regional and beat Oregon in the Super Regional to become the first MAC team to reach the College World Series since Eastern Michigan in 1976.
Once in Omaha, Kent state lost the opening game against Arkansas, but rallied to eliminate the top-seeded Florida Gators before falling to South Carolina.
“I think we made a statement that we belong here, and we made a statement that we’re a program that should be recognized nationally, not just regionally,” Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said. “That’s what I’m really proud of.”
And to think they did it by beating an SEC team and without lying or cheating. Maybe someone from Ohio State should make the trip up from Columbus to learn what that is all about.
We have to admit to getting a little excited when we heard about the trade between Washington and New Orleans where the Wizards received Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from the Hornets in exchange for Rashard Lewis.
And we also think the chances that the Cavs will get significantly better for the second year in a row just got a lot better.
Very interesting interview at The Sherman Report with Vince Doria, ESPN’s senior vice president and director of news, on his views about the rise of social media which gives Doria “a headache.”
“If social networking never existed, we wouldn’t miss it. We wouldn’t know it ever existed. We wouldn’t feel our life was impaired in any way.”
“For every good piece of information that comes out on social networks, a lot of mindless patter comes out too.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s header put Portugal into the semifinals of Euro 2012 on Thursday with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.
Portugal will play Spain or France in the semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday.
“We have suffered,” Portugal forward Nani told ESPN. “But we always wanted to win and that’s what we showed. We were superior, then we scored and we really deserved this result.”
(Photo by The Associated Press)