Kent State's baseball team secured its second consecutive outright Mid-American Conference regular season championship with a 5-2 victory over Ohio University on May 20.
The Golden Flashes (35-16, 18-6 MAC) had already locked up the No. 1 seed for the MAC tournament, and will open against No. 8 see Toledo (16-39, 9-15 today (May 24) at 4:30 p.m. at Sprenger Stadium in Avon.
The winner of that game will take on either Ohio U. or Ball State on May 25 at 8 p.m. The championship contest is slated for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.
The Bobcat (27-26, 13-11), who won the first two games of the series over the Flashes, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Kent Sate tied it with a run in the third, then went ahead to stay when Sam Hurt delivered a two-run single in the fifth.
Meanwhile, KSU's softball team won one game out of three it played in the NCAA Waco Regional tournament. The Flashes beat Oregon State 2-1, but lost to Baylor 1-0 and James Madison 4-0.
The local collegiate team finished the season with a 33-28 record. Against Oregon State, KSU came from behind to win the game despite getting only 2 hits.
KSU needed a win over James Madison to get a second shot at No. 14 Baylor. The team has won at least one game in all four of their NCAA tournament appearances.
"I would have liked to have had better results, but I'm proud of my team," said KSU coach Eric Oakley. "We saw some great pitchers, and we just didn't have the quality at-bats."