Fall Report: Kent State

KENT, Ohio — Following Kent State’s scout day Wednesday afternoon, where more than three dozen scouts of all ranks where in attendance (area scouts, regional crosscheckers, national crosscheckers and scouting directors), third-year head coach Jeff Duncan spoke in an appreciative and pleased, but matter-of-fact tone. And he has every right to do so.

“When you have a guy like Eric Lauer there’s going to be a lot of attention on the team,” Duncan said. “We just have to make sure we stay humble, work hard and not lose our identity.”

The Kent State program is not unaccustomed to the spotlight. Grabbing the attention of the college baseball word en route to a spot in the 2012 College World Series, the long-dominant Mid-American Conference program continually churns out elite pitching prospects, using stout pitching to flirt with national rankings and forcing members of professional organizations to flock to the quietly tucked away northeast Ohio campus. The latest ace, junior lefthander Eric Lauer, entered the fall ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Cape Cod League by D1Baseball’s Frankie Piliere, and he lived up to the hype in his two-inning outing on scout day. But how he and the rest of the Kent State players went about their task impressed their head coach.


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