KENT, Ohio The Penn State baseball team stalled against Kent State on Wednesday evening, falling 10-0 to the 2012 College World Series qualifiers.
The Nittany Lions fell to 5-19 on the season, while the Golden Flashes improved to 12-14.
The Golden Flashes were led by starting pitcher Nick Jensen-Clagg, firing seven scoreless innings with just one hit allowed. The freshman improves to a 2-2 record on the season after striking out three batters and walking one. Jensen-Clagg was relieved by Dan Kopcak and Eric Dorsch, combining for two scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Dorsch retired two Lions, while Kopcak shut down one.
Sophomore Ryan Harper made the start for Penn State, pitching four innings with five hits and four earned runs allowed. The New Mexico junior college. transfer tied his career high of three strikeouts. Junior Tim Dunn, senior Neal Herring and senior Cody Lewis each saw the mound for the Lions, with Dunn firing two innings with three hits and two unearned runs.
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The Golden Flashes struck in the first inning with Sawyer Polen scoring on a wild pitch. Polen had previously hit a one-out triple to the center field wall, and scored Kent State’s first run as George Roberts stood at the plate. The lead would be extended to 4-0 by the bottom of the fourth, with Jason Bagoly doubling to right center for an RBI as Evan Campbell crossed home plate. The Golden Flashes would follow up with a consecutive run thanks to a sac fly RBI from T.J. Sutton, allowing Roberts to score for a 3-0 advantage. Bagoly would score the final run of the inning, as Harper struck out Derek Toadvine to close the fourth.
Holding a 4-0 lead, Kent State would go on to tally six unanswered runs, posting four in the bottom of eighth inning alone. The Golden Flashes were led by Roberts and Toadvine, who each collected two hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Sutton recorded an excellent defensive game, as well as offensive, going 2-for-3 with one run and an RBI. Bagoly and Alex Miklos each tallied a run and an RBI, as well, while Campbell and Zarley Zalewski each scored two runs.
Penn State’s sole hit came from sophomore J.C. Coban, extending his six-game hitting streak to seven on his second infield hit of the season. Coban has collected two RBIs and a run scored during the stretch.