SAN DIEGO — Following up a trip to Omaha isn’t easy, but Kent State didn’t expect it to take this long to get its first win. Finally in their seventh game of the season the Golden Flashes (1-6) got into the win column.
Kent State took the second game of a doubleheader at San Diego’s Fowler Park 9-5 after dropping the first game 18-11. Justin Wagler and Zarley Zalewski both homered as the Golden Flashes jumped out to a 6-1 lead against San Diego (2-4) starter Max MacNabb.
From there, Kent State just answered every San Diego threat with runs of its own. When the Toreros scored a run in the fifth inning, the Golden Flashes scored one the next half inning. They did it again the next inning. San Diego trimmed the lead to 7-5, but Kent State answered with two runs.
Taylor Williams got the win. He allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned) in seven innings, but he dominated San Diego’s top offensive threats Louis Lechich, Kris Bryant and Dillon Haupt. Six of Williams eight strikeouts were due to the trio, including giving Bryant the hat trick.
Check out the 12-shot photo gallery from Saturday afternoon’s game: