June 18, 2012
Kent State 5, #1 Florida 4
CWS Game 7
No. 1 national seed Florida
goes 0-2 at CWS
By Phil Stanton
Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in
1999, Florida is the second No. 1 national seed to reach the
College World Series and go 0-2. The Gators join the 2010
Arizona State Sun Devils as top seeds to lose their first two
games in Omaha.
Kent State is 4-3 all-time against SEC opponents
and 3-1 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, with three one-run wins.
The Golden Flashes edged Kentucky twice in the Gary Regional
(7-6 in 21 innings & 3-2), lost to Arkansas 8-1 in the College
World Series before the 5-4 victory over Florida.
Five of Kent State’s past six games have been
one-run contests. The Golden Flashes have won four of those five
Kent State is 43-1 when leading after eight
Kent State is now 3-1 all-time against Florida.
The Golden Flashes took two of three in Gainesville in February
of 2007. KSU won the opener 10-4, fell 7-0 in the second game
before taking the finale 1-0.
Jimmy Rider of KSU leads all active Division I
players with 1,053 at-bats and 78 doubles. He is second with 353
hits and tied for second with 219 runs.
Of the nine Mid-American Conference teams to
reach the CWS, only one went 0-2 (Western Michigan, 1963).
Preston Tucker of Florida leads all active
players with career totals of 265 games, 57 home runs, 596 total
bases and 258 RBI. He is second with 1,032 at-bats and third
with 340 hits and 70 doubles.
Greg Larson made his 122nd career appearance, the
second-highest total among active players. He trails Cody Parker
of Mississippi Valley State with 133. Larson is second in
program history, behind Connor Falkenbach (124 from 2002-05).