BGSU Baseball swept by MAC-leading Flashes

Rhys Patrykus, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green baseball team (11-17, 6-9 MAC) dropped their fourth straight game, falling 4-2 to Kent State (21-10, 9-3 MAC).

With the loss, Kent State sweeps the season series.

It also marks the first time the Falcons have been swept since the Evansville series on March 3-5.

Senior Tyler Hays (0-3, 6.58 ERA) started the day on the rubber for BG.

Hays went five innings allowing two earned runs on five hits while fanning five Flashes.

Both teams started hot before cooling off, trading homers in the first inning.

In the top of the frame, Kent State’s Kyle Jackson started the game off with a leadoff home run on the fourth pitch he saw.

Senior Kyle Gurney answered right back with a solo shot of his own to knot the game up at one apiece.

The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the top of the sixth frame.

The Flashes’ Aidan Longwell hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jackson for his second run of the day

Jackson had himself a busy day, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

He added his second ribbie in the seventh inning, singling to left and bringing RF Jake Casey in to score.

Kent added another insurance run in the same inning.

CF Collin Mathews flew out to sophomore Nathan Archer on the first pitch he saw, bringing home LF Josh Johnson and extending the lead 4-1.

Bowling Green showed some fight towards the end, closing the gap by a run in the bottom of the eighth on a Kyle Gurney-bases loaded walk.

However, it proved to be too little too late as Kent was able to stop the scoring there and close the door on any potential comeback.

The final score read 4-2.

Hays was given the loss while Kent starter Eric Chalus earned the win, fanning six Falcons over 5.1 innings, allowing just one run on five hits.

Kent State’s Scott Mitchell earned his fifth save of the season, going a rare two innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, and striking out two.

Next up, BG travels down to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on April 12 for a one-game road trip before Eastern Michigan comes to town for a weekend series spanning April 14-16.

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.