Communication Studies students Clark and Skulina pitching for Golden Flashes Baseball teamPosted Jun. 14, 2012
As things are quieting down around campus for the summer semester, things are heating up for the Kent State Golden Flashes Men's Baseball team. Riding a nation-long winning streak of 20 games, the Golden Flashes enter their first World Series appearance in the history of Kent State University. Part of the Golden Flashes success can be attributed to Michael Clark and Tyler Skulina, student athletes currently enrolled in Kent State's School of Communication Studies. The Golden Flashes' Road to Omaha started with a win in the second longest NCAA tournament game in history over the Kentucky Wildcats. The 7-6 Kent State victory lasted for 21 innings and totaled nearly seven hours. After the historic win over Kentucky, the Golden Flashes went on to face No. 16 Purdue, in which they were victorious, moving on to their second straight NCAA Regional Final. This victory put them in place to face Kentucky yet again for a chance to capture their first regional title. The Golden Flashes did just that. According to the Kent State Sports website, that feat for the Golden Flashes had never been accomplished until now, with a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats. This victory gave them their first Gary Regional title in the history of the Golden Flashes. The Golden Flashes entered the Super Regional with a best-of-three series with No. 10 Oregon on June 8. The Golden Flashes closed out their series with a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Oregon Ducks. After winning the first game of the series 7-6 on June 9, the Ducks answered right back with a 3-2 victory on June 10, ending the Golden Flashes' 21-game winning streak and forcing a winner-take-all game three on Monday, June 11. The final game was decided on a single in the bottom-of-the-ninth that allowed the winning run to score. This will be the first appearance by the Golden Flashes and the first time a Mid-American Conference team has entered the World Series in 40 years. Michael Clark helped the Golden Flashes in their first encounter with the Kentucky Wildcats, closing out the game and pitching a solid three and two-thirds innings. Tyler Skulina helped lead the Flashes to a 3-2 victory with seven shutout innings in their second encounter with the Wildcats. Skulina also helped the Golden Flashes in their 3-2 victory over the Oregon Ducks by pitching five and two-thirds scoreless innings. A total of six players, including Clark, have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft. The Golden Flashes will start their quest for the World Series title on Saturday, June 16 against Arkansas, beginning at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, or to read more highlights from these games, visit http://bit.ly/MdjPdo. Keep up with the action on Twitter @FlashesBaseball as the Golden Flashes seek to win their first World Series.