In 2012, the Kent State Golden Flashes baseball team achieved a historic milestone by reaching the College World Series for the first time in school history. The team, which was coached by Scott Stricklin, earned a spot in the NCAA tournament after finishing the regular season with a record of 41-17.
In the tournament, Kent State won four consecutive games to win the regional championship and advanced to the super regional round, where they defeated the Oregon Ducks in three games to secure their spot in the College World Series.
At the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, Kent State faced off against some of the best teams in the country, including Arkansas, South Carolina, and Florida. Although they were ultimately eliminated from the tournament after losing to the Florida Gators in a close game, the Golden Flashes’ historic run earned them national recognition and put their baseball program on the map.
Several members of the 2012 Kent State baseball team went on to have successful careers in professional baseball, including David Lyon, Evan Campbell, and Nick Hamilton. The team’s success also helped to elevate the profile of Kent State’s athletic program and brought increased attention to the university’s sports teams.