Kent State Clinches Wagon Wheel

AKRON – Tyler Skulina led the way on the mound to a 4-3 victory for Kent State (33-21, 19-7), beating Akron (15-36, 10-15) in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge between the two schools.

With the series win, the Golden Flashes beat the Zips eight to seven in the 15 sport head-to-head competition.  Kent State is now undefeated in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge in its two year existence.

"It's a great rivalry," said head coach Scott Stricklin.  "Both teams are going to play hard regardless, but winning the wagon wheel for Kent State and keeping it at Kent State means a lot to us.  It's a great competition.  We're glad we could win it for our school."

Skulina went eight innings in the start, registering a career-high 11 strikeouts.  He allowed three runs in the fourth inning (two earned), but only allowed four hits and one walk in the outing.  Dan Kopcak came up big for the Flashes in back-to-back games, earning his second career save by closing out the ninth.

The win was clinched in the eighth when Sutton led off the inning with a single and was pinch ran for by Troy Summers.  Cody Koch also came into the game to pinch hit and raked a double off the center field wall to put runners on second and third with no outs.  Justin Wagler got the deciding RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Summers.

Going in to the final regular season game of the season on Saturday, Kent State sits in second place in the Mid-American Conference a half game behind Buffalo who won in extra-innings on Friday.  The final game takes place at 1:00pm at Lee Jackson Field in Akron.