Kent State Eliminates No. 1 Florida at College World Series

Kent State University earned its first College World Series win in school history, beating the University of Florida 5-4 to eliminate the top-seeded Gators.

Kent State (47-19) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings yesterday in Omaha, Nebraska, by taking advantage of a pair of errors by Florida.

The Gators, who also gave up a run on a wild pitch, scored one run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to pull within 5-4. Florida then loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before Kent State held on for the victory, ending the game with a strikeout and a fly out.

Florida (47-20) is the second overall No. 1 seed to lose its first two games at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s College World Series since 1999.

The Flashes, from Kent, Ohio, next play two-time defending champion South Carolina in an elimination game on June 20. South Carolina had its 22-game NCAA tournament winning streak end with a 2-1 loss to the University of Arkansas last night.

Arkansas now has a 2-0 record in the final round of the College World Series for the first time since 1979, when the Razorbacks lost in the championship game.

The University of California, Los Angeles plays Florida State tonight in an elimination game in Omaha, with the winner moving on to face the University of Arizona.

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