Fall Report: Kent StateFall Report
Kent State’s track record for success within the Mid-American Conference is beyond reproach. Over the last two decades, the Golden Flashes have won either the conference or the conference tournament in a remarkable 17 of 20 seasons.
Last year, however, was one of those outliers. The Golden Flashes battled injuries to key contributors on the mound and stumbled to a 4-10 record over the first month of the season. The struggles were partly attributed to a challenging non-conference schedule that included road sweeps at the hand of Dallas Baptist and West Virginia, eventual regional teams respectively. While Kent State recovered to post a respectable 17-8 record against conference foes, the team ultimately fell short of their post-season goals.
Additionally, head coach Jeff Duncan is no stranger to success. In six seasons at the helm, he’s accumulated a 217-117 record while being named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Although Duncan was not satisfied with the overall results of last season, he’s quick to embrace the silver lining behind the injuries that thrust several young players into roles while gaining valuable experience in doing so.
“I didn’t like the way we started; but on the flip side sometimes when you have injuries before the season like we did, there is a sense of shock and I think we had a little bit of that. Guys were a little bit out of position. Guys were pitching in situations they weren’t normally going to pitch in. But when that happens, you get those guys healthy the following year and you have guys who got that experience the year before that they weren’t going to get. Sometimes that can be a really big advantage for you going into that season.”
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