Kent State Baseball Falls To Pepperdine
Golden Flashes go for the weekend series victory in the Monday (March 19) rubber match.
MALIBU, Calif. – The Kent State baseball team fell to Pepperdine, 10-4, Sunday (March 18) in non-conference action at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves (14-5) evened the weekend series with the Golden Flashes (8-7) at one game apiece, tallying 17 hits – including at least one from each starter.
Pepperdine jumped out to an 8-1 lead after five frames, but Kent State made it a four-run affair by putting up a three spot on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning. Redshirt sophomore right fielder Troy Summers (Minerva, Ohio) cracked a leadoff single to right, then stole second. Sophomore center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) and senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) coaxed back-to-back walks two outs later, setting the table for freshman catcher Tommy Monnot (Canton, Ohio) to slap a bases clearing double to right center.
Unfortunately for the Flashes, Pepperdine tacked on two more runs in the home half and stymied Kent State's bats the rest of the way to seal the win.
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) was charged with the pitching defeat for Kent State, falling to 3-2 on the season. Sophomore righty Dan Slavik (St. Clairsville, Ohio) and freshman southpaw Tim Faix (Strongsville, Ohio) both saw action out of the bullpen.
Freshman catcher Kolten Yamaguchi led Pepperdine at the plate with a double and two singles while freshman right fielder Aaron Brown drove in four runs.
Sophomore right-handed starter Scott Frazier earned the pitching win for the Waves, going six innings and striking out three. He gave up an unearned run on four hits and two walks.
Kent State goes for the weekend series victory in the Monday (March 19) rubber match. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). Sophomore righty Tyler Skulina (Strongsville, Ohio) will get the start on the mound for the Flashes.