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.
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