Flashes Head to Hoosier State for Spring Break Trip

The Kent State softball team will spend spring break by playing six games over five days in the state of the Indiana.

The trip begins on Tuesday, March 29 with an afternoon doubleheader at Purdue Fort Wayne. The Golden Flashes (7-13, 1-4 MAC) will then visit Indiana for a single game on Wednesday, March 30. Following a day of rest, Kent State will begin a three-game Mid-American Conference series at Ball State on Friday, April 1. A doubleheader against the Cardinals is scheduled to conclude the trip on Saturday, April 2.

Spring Break Schedule

Tuesday, March 29
3 pm Game 1 at Purdue Fort Wayne
5 pm Game 2 at Purdue Fort Wayne

Wednesday, March 30

4 pm at Indiana (BTN+)

Friday, April 1
1 p.m. Game 1 at Ball State (ESPN3)

Saturday, April 2
1 pm Game 2 at Ball State
3:30 pm Game 3 at Ball State

Last Time Out
Kent State split a Crystal Clinic Wagon Wheel Challenge doubleheader with rival Akron on Friday before the final game of the series was postponed due to inclement weather.

Senior Chloe Cruz tied the opening game with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Jaiden Bryant answered with a solo shot of her own in the seventh to give the Zips a 4-3 victory.

The Golden Flashes’ offense came to life in the second game, plating multiple runs in each of the first four innings, en route to an 11-3 victory in five innings. Senior Brooklyn Whittjunior Julia Mazanecgraduate student Madyson Colesophomore Madison Hershberger and sophomore Emily Lippe recorded a pair of RBIs each in the win.

Hershberger led the way on the day, reaching safely in five of six plate appearances and hitting three doubles. Mazanec had a team-high three RBIs and hit her first collegiate homer.

Sophomore Jessica LeBeau was excellent in the opening game, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run in a complete game effort. freshman Kylie Ringler earned her first MAC victory in Game 2, throwing 1.2 scoreless relief innings. Red shirt senior Andrea Scali totaled seven strikeouts over 3.1 innings and recorded a save.

Flash Facts
Pitching has been a strength for Kent State, as it ranks third in the MAC in opponent batting average (.242) and fourth in earned run average (3.28). Sophomore Jessica LeBeau (3-6) ranks third in the conference with a 2.51 ERA and 9.9 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. Red shirt senior Andrea Scali, the 2019 MAC Pitcher of the Year in her only full season of college softball, seeks her first victory since March 7, 2020, despite just a 3.14 ERA. freshman Kylie Ringler (3-1) shutout LIU (1-0) in her first collegiate appearance on Feb. 12 and threw the fifth perfect game in program history against Howard (8-0) on Feb. 26 but was unable to get out of the first inning in her following start against Michigan on March 4.

freshman Savannah Wing is the only Flash to start every game this season and leads the team in batting average (.310), runs scored (7), RBIs (7) and on-base percentage (.444). Senior Chloe Cruz also has seven RBIs and is tied for the MAC lead with two triples. freshman Delaney Robeson is right behind with five RBIs and graduate student Madyson Cole has hit a team-high two home runs.

On Deck for the Flashes
Kent State will begin midweek #MACtion by hosting Central Michigan for a three-game series on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6.

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