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Marla Ridenour: Pitching coach Birkbeck one of KSU's biggest assets (Stricklin, Birbeck) 06/15/2012 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Kent State baseball: Flashes get respect from where it matters most (Stricklin) 06/15/2012 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Eight bicyclists to ride cross country to raise money for Akron Children's Hospital 06/15/2012 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email

...service manager for FedEx Custom Critical from Akron. • Matt Geis, 34, associate athletic director and executive director of athletic advancement for Kent State University, of Kent. • Terry Horner, 34, an entrepreneur, formerly of Mentor, now from North Carolina. • Brian Zupancic, 36, a territory...

Evan Campbell says Golden Flashes not intimidated by caliber of competition at College World Series 06/15/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Kent State Notebook: College World Series could land the next Skulina for Kent State (Stricklin, Birkbeck)) 06/15/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Kent State baseball team at home in Omaha (with gallery) (Stricklin 06/15/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Saturday declared Kent State baseball day in Portage 06/15/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Saturday Declared 'KSU Baseball Day' in Portage County 06/15/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

How to Watch, Cheer on and Follow Kent State in Omaha 06/15/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Kent State players soak in College World Series experience - Canton, OH - CantonRep.com (Stricklin) 06/14/2012 Repository - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Kent State players soak in College World Series experience By Mike Popovich CantonRep.com staff writer Posted Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:31 PM ...

Omaha loves a CWS underdog 06/15/2012 ESPN.com Text Attachment Email

College Cinderellas ready to step onto big stage (Stricklin) 06/15/2012 Major League Baseball: The Official Site Text Attachment Email

Minn. coach: SB, Kent St. 'beat unbelievable odds' (Stricklin) 06/15/2012 Wall Street Journal Text Attachment Email

Behind the plate, Kent State catcher David Lyon is ahead of the game (Birkbeck, Stricklin) 06/15/2012 Cleveland.com Text Attachment Email

Cheers & Jeers 06/15/2012 Cleveland.com Text Attachment Email

Fresh faces join powerhouses at College World Series 06/15/2012 Boston Herald - Online Text Attachment Email

...longtime regulars at the College World Series, which begins today at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Stony Brook, which hails from Long Island, N.Y., and Kent State are making their first trips to the CWS. The Seawolves open at 5 p.m. EDT Friday against UCLA, which swept TCU in the Super Regional last...

40/29 News at 6 06/14/2012 40/29 News at 6 PM - KHOG-TV Text Email

the razorbacks have made their to omaha and hit the practice field for their saturday matchup with kent state in the college world series ... Andy kendeigh from our sister station in omaha has more on dave van horn's return to nebraska.... (greetings...

Gamecocks Continue Focus On CWS Opener 06/15/2012 WSPA-TV - Online Text Attachment Email

...Southeastern Conference games to make it back to Omaha. The Gamecocks have lost three of four to the Gators this season. Another first-time CWS team, Kent State, plays Saturday against Arkansas. The other game Saturday matches Arizona and Florida State. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All...

Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and TrafficCoach says Seawolves will be ready for CWS opener 06/14/2012 KTTV-TV - Online Text Attachment Email

...six Southeastern Conference games to make it back to Omaha. The Gamecocks have lost 3 of 4 to the Gators this season. Another first-time CWS team, Kent State, plays Saturday against Arkansas. The other game Saturday matches Arizona and Florida State. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All...

Best bet on the Tube 06/15/2012 Spokesman-Review - Online, The Text Attachment Email

...for three straight national titles and Florida is the No. 1 seed. Yet all the talk at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., is about Stony Brook and Kent State. Now that these upstarts have crashed the party, what will they do? The Seawolves of Stony Brook have received rock-star treatment since...

SportsCenter 06/14/2012 SportsCenter - ESPN Text Email

...thrilled for them. Watching them play, we all saw them play. They're really good. >> What a championship series it could be if they meet up. Stony brook and kent state making their first-ever world series appearances. Catch both teams on the espn network starting tomorrow.

2012 CWS: No More 0-For-Omaha Questions For Van Horn 06/15/2012 Arkansas News Bureau - Online Text Attachment Email

...more experience. We recruited Serrano as an infielder. He was a hitter. I know he can hit and he's a confident kid.” SEC Everywhere Stricklin and Kent State are surrounded by Southeastern Conference teams in the four-team bracket. The Golden Flashes join South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas...

5 News at 6 PM 06/14/2012 5 News at 6 PM - KFSM-TV Text Email

...arrested in connection to that shooting. The diamond hogs made it to omaha. This morning they hit the field for practice. Saturday they start play against kent state. Today dave van horn spoke to the media about the teams in the series. :00-:18 'if you just look a the statistics for all 8 teams here,...

5 News at 10 PM 06/14/2012 5 News at 10 PM - KFSM-TV Text Email

...you wake up with five news and on five news online dot com. The diamond hogs are in omaha for the world series.. They start play this saturday against kent state... And they could be facing some severe weather.. Chief meteorologist garrett lewis here with a look at our world series forecast. Pitch...


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Exercise class gives hope to Parkinson's patients | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News. (Ridgel) 06/14/2012 Afro-American Newspapers - Baltimore Edition - Online Text Attachment Email

...suggest that regular exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson's. Angela Ridgel, an assistant professor of exercise science and physiology at Kent State University , said exercise is crucial for people with Parkinson's. "With Parkinson's, you have the slowness of movement, so any type...


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Kent State names new dean for Salem, Liverpool campuses 06/15/2012 Morning Journal - Online Text Attachment Email

SALEM - Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., has been named dean and chief administrative officer of the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses located in Salem and East Liverpool.


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Bill Cosby to perform at Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia; tickets go on sale June 14 06/14/2012 Daily Jeffersonian - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Bill Cosby to perform at Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia; tickets go on sale June 14 Published: June 14, 2012 1:00PM NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Cosby, one...


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Kent State University going solar in July 06/15/2012 Cleveland.com Text Attachment Email


News Headline: Marla Ridenour: Pitching coach Birkbeck one of KSU's biggest assets (Stricklin, Birbeck) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: By Marla Ridenour
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Published: June 14, 2012 - 11:07 PM | Updated: June 15, 2012 - 07:15 AM

(PHOTO) Kent State pitching coach Mike Birkbeck (left) keeps an eye on junior right-hander Ryan Bores during practice in preparation for the programs first appearance in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Thursday. (Jeff Glidden/Kent State University)

For one year, University of Akron baseball teammates Keith Dambrot and Mike Birkbeck were roommates, inhabiting what Dambrot called “a junky old house over by Buchtel Field that I wouldn't let any human beings live in.”

“I remember it very well, 422 Kling Street, at the corner of Kling and Wheeler. I lived there three of my four years, but we only allowed him to live there one year,” Birkbeck joked Thursday in reference to Dambrot, 53, who is two years older. “He was way too smart. He spent way too much time with his door locked studying.”

The hijinks must have been many, although unprintable, kept under wraps from the usually uncensored Dambrot.

It sounds as if one of their favorite pastimes was going from the fourth floor to the first without touching the ground, which apparently involved sliding on the banisters.

“Whatever it took,” Birkbeck said. “That was our competitive spirit.”

A former Zips third baseman and team captain who has been UA's basketball coach for the past eight seasons, Dambrot called Birkbeck “the craziest guy you've ever met.”

“He played more jokes on me than I ever played on him,” Dambrot said. “As a roommate, he's the funniest guy I've ever been around.”

Birkbeck's sense of humor and easy-going personality have served him well during his 31 years in baseball. The Orrville native finds himself on the biggest stage of his 15 years as Kent State's pitching coach, with the Golden Flashes set to take on Arkansas on Saturday as they make their first appearance in the College World Series.

Many involved in Kent State athletics believe the Golden Flashes (46-18) wouldn't have reached Omaha, Neb., without Birkbeck, promoted to associate head coach in 2004, when he turned down the job held by coach Scott Stricklin. Last week, Stricklin called Birkbeck “the finest pitching coach in the country.”

“Ask anyone who knows college baseball about Mike Birkbeck and they're going to glow because of the things he's been able to do,” Stricklin said.

Former KSU Director of Athletics Laing Kennedy, who hired Birkbeck to assist then-coach Rick Rembielak (now at UA), shares that feeling.

“When I would travel with the team, it would be, ‘Your baseball team is really good and the thing that puts it a step above many of us is your pitching,' ” said Kennedy, who retired in June, 2010. “We have a stable of really good, young pitchers, including those waiting in the wings. They know they're going to get a good look and have an opportunity to play baseball at the professional level.”

Since he started at Kent State in 1997, Birkbeck has coached four Mid-American Conference pitchers of the year and produced 27 All-MAC honorees. Twenty-five of his pitchers have been drafted, 12 in the top 10 rounds, including first-rounders John VanBenschoten (Pittsburgh Pirates, 2001) and Andrew Chafin (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2011).

“I get more enjoyment out of helping those guys who are fortunate enough to go to the next level than they probably do,” Birkbeck said by telephone Monday from Portland, Ore. “We really work hard to try to make that dream come true for each and every kid.”

He remains close to many of them, attending their weddings when they don't conflict with the summer recruiting season and texting them frequently.

“He's a phenomenal pitching coach,” Chafin, now with the Advanced Class-A Visalia Rawhide in the California League, said by telephone Wednesday. “He was a big part of my success. He always knew what I was doing wrong. My mechanics, if they were off just a touch he would know what to say and tell me how to fix it.”

Stricklin said the key for Birkbeck is his communication skills, although he is not always a man of many words. Kennedy said he once asked Birkbeck what he said during a trip to the mound the previous day.

“He said, ‘I said, ‘coach Stricklin would be very grateful if you could throw a strike,' ” Kennedy said. “He has a tremendous sense of humor. When you're traveling with the team, Berkie is someone you'd really like to sit with because you enjoy his insights, his humor, his knowledge, love and commitment to the game. It's incredible.”

Birkbeck realizes his pitchers have “different buttons that need pushed” and feels he must adjust to them, instead of the other way around.

“I don't talk to Player A the same way I do Player B,” Birkbeck said. “It takes time to figure those guys out.”

Adding to Birkbeck's credibility is 14 years in professional baseball, six in the major leagues. A fourth-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers out of UA in 1983, Birkbeck suffered a shoulder injury that needed surgery during his rookie year in 1987. He spent 1986-89 with the Brewers and 1992 and '95 with the New York Mets, going 12-19 in his career with a 4.86 ERA in 54 games, 51 starts.

One month into a stint in Yokohama, Japan, in 1995, Birkbeck had his career end when Shane Mack hit a line drive off his right fibula.

“The game was tied 1-1 with two outs in the top of the fifth and I had to beg to stick in the game because I had to get through that inning to have any chance of getting a ‘W,' ” Birkbeck said. “The last hitter I got out was Hideki Matsui. And I didn't get the win.”

Birkbeck said his wife, Suzanne, and 2-year-old son, John, now a freshman on the KSU team, had just landed at the airport in Narita, Japan, when he was injured.

“I didn't figure out how to pitch the way I needed to to be successful until I was 31 or 32. Had I not been injured, I think things would have gone very, very well,” he said of Japan.

As he's built his reputation at Kent State, what seems most striking is Birkbeck's loyalty. Dambrot joked that he could have been hired as the UA coach “about 15 times.” Birkbeck said the closest he came to leaving was in 2004, when Rembielak wanted him to go with him to Wake Forest.

“At the end of the day, it just wasn't something I was able to do,” Birkbeck said.

Not only could he have followed Rembielak, but he also could have pounced on the KSU job.

“At that point I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to be the type of head coach that the program needed and also be the type of pitching coach I wanted to be,” he said. “It was a tough decision, but there were some really good candidates that I felt I could work with. Scott was certainly at the top of my list. I thought it was the best decision for everybody.”

He said he would never rule out any opportunity, but Birkbeck seems happy. He loves the relationships he's able to build with his pitchers and almost seems fearful that wouldn't be the same if he were in charge.

When the Golden Flashes take the field Saturday, one of their biggest assets will cherish every moment. When the game gets tight, Birkbeck might even lighten it. And no matter how far they go, Birkbeck will take no credit.

“It's so surreal,” Birkbeck said. “You read the articles online and you see the pictures and you say, ‘Is that us? Is this really happening?'

“It is, and it's to the credit of the kids. I thanked a couple of them for just letting me be a part of it because it's special beyond words.”

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read her blog at http://www.ohio.com/marla. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.

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News Headline: Kent State baseball: Flashes get respect from where it matters most (Stricklin) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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(PHOTO) Kent State's David Starn keeps an eye on the ball during practice in Omaha Thursday. Kent State will play against Arkansas on Saturday in an NCAA College World Series baseball game. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

If Kent State baseball coach Scott Stricklin is feeling neglected or disrespected as his team prepares for the program's first appearance in the College World Series, he's certainly not letting it show.

No one could blame him if he felt those things. In subsequent weeks, a newspaper article referred to the Flashes (46-18) as the “Kent State Golden Eagles.” In the past few days a mock up of a T-shirt that was to be sold at this weekend's festivities referred to them as Kentucky State. The shirt, which never made it to production, was leaked online.

“These guys have all seen us play on TV. We've got a very good ballclub. We feel like we belong here,” Stricklin said. “We played a very good Kentucky team in our regional and beat them twice. So I think we've proven that we do belong here and we're proud to be here.”

But although they come in having vanquished Kentucky and Purdue in the Gary, Ind., regional and Oregon in a thrilling three-game series on the Ducks' home field in Eugene, Ore., it is Stony Brook, who upset LSU, that has received the lion's share of attention as the Cinderella team.

“I'm thrilled for Stony Brook. The thing I'm most thrilled about is they're in the other bracket,” Stricklin said. “Let them be in that bracket, let us be in the other bracket.”

Stricklin isn't shocked by the attention that Stony Brook is getting. They're an offensive juggernaut and folks dig offense. Nor does he feel that his team has been neglected — where it matters.

“We're getting all the love we need, trust me. We're getting plenty of exposure,” he said. “[In] Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, we're getting all the exposure that we need. We don't recruit nationwide anyway. But I feel we're getting a lot of respect.”

If he's worried about getting respect from Arkansas, KSU's first opponent in the CWS, there is no need.

The Flashes and Razorbacks won't be complete strangers when they meet at 5 p.m. Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Stricklin and Arkansas (44-20) coach Dave Van Horn got to know one another fairly well when they were assistants for the 2011 Collegiate National Team last summer.

“I truly believe by being around Scott for approximately a month, this past summer, I learned a lot about him and his personalities, his make-up, and the way he runs his club,” Van Horn said during an opening news conference, “just through conversations on the field, off the field, dinner, whatever, on the bus.”

He also appears to have a firm grasp on the personality of a team that has caught several of the other big boys off guard in the postseason.

“I remember before the selection show, I was talking to the coaches at the [SEC] tournament, one thing you don't want to face in a regional is Kent State because they're up there, they have a chip on their shoulder, they play hard,” he said.

Van Horn is very aware of what Stricklin has accomplished in his stint at his alma mater.

“It's not like Kent State came out of nowhere,” he said “They've been pretty good for a long time, and Scott's taken them to another level. Some great coaches go through there. He's just taken it through the roof. So we all knew about them.”

That's the type of respect that should concern Stricklin and his team, but not consume them. Despite the perceived slights, they've caught the attention of all of college baseball.

“We have a lot of pride in what we do. We feel it year-in and year-out that we had a chance to get here,” Stricklin said. “To be honest, we thought last year's team was the team that could get here. The fact that we could get here this year, I think is a testament to the toughness of our kids.”

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Kent State blog at http://www.ohio.com/flashes. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/GeorgeThomasABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.

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News Headline: Eight bicyclists to ride cross country to raise money for Akron Children's Hospital | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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Published: June 14, 2012 - 11:02 PM

Eight bicyclists to ride cross country to raise money for Akron Children's Hospital June 15,2012 03:02 AM GMT

Jim Carney

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As a way to thank the medical staff at Akron Children's Hospital, Brian Ray and seven friends will bike across America.

Ray, 39, of Akron, said he knew he had to give back after doctors removed a benign cyst from his son, Aidan, five years ago.

And so Ray and his teammates will leave Oceanside, Calif., on Saturday as part of a relay team in the Race Across America. They hope to reach Annapolis, Md., covering 3,000 miles and passing through 12 states, in 6½ days.

Akronite Cassie Schumacher, 40, took off Tuesday morning in the solo women's Race Across America. As of Thursday morning, she had traveled 441 miles.

Ray, senior vice president of PNC Bank, said Aidan first displayed symptoms that something was wrong when he occasionally would lie on the ground in a fetal position and scream in pain.

Soon, Ray said, he felt something in his 5-year-old's belly. Doctors found and immediately removed the cyst. Aidan's health has been fine since the surgery.

On the day the group begins its race, Aidan turns 10 years old.

Ray said the relay team has raised about $80,000 in pledges toward its goal of $100,000. He hopes to give the hospital $50,000 after expenses.

Each rider contributed about $3,000 toward the cost of the race, Ray said.

Other cyclists on the team are:

• Shawn Aker, 30, a physical therapist from Columbus and formerly of Akron.

• Jody Demaline, 32, a nuclear medicine account representative from North Olmsted.

• Michael Feichter, 38, a property claims adjuster from Cuyahoga Falls.

• Scott Garchar, 38, a division service manager for FedEx Custom Critical from Akron.

• Matt Geis, 34, associate athletic director and executive director of athletic advancement for Kent State University, of Kent.

• Terry Horner, 34, an entrepreneur, formerly of Mentor, now from North Carolina.

• Brian Zupancic, 36, a territory sales manager, from Medina.

To help the team accomplish its goal, nine crew members, including Ray's parents, Bob and Carol Ray of Fairlawn, will ride or drive in three support vehicles. The caravan will include a recreational vehicle, where cyclists will sleep and eat, and two minivans that will follow the cyclists or seek out supplies for the group, Ray said.

Two doctors are part of the crew: Troy Smurawa from Akron Children's Hospital and Jeremy Riehm, from Indiana.

Ray said his group will ride in pairs for safety purposes, so that both riders attempt to ride at the same pace.

Many in the group, including Ray, have performed triathlons - a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile (marathon) run.

The lead sponsor for the relay is FedEx Custom Critical, which is supplying a husband and wife cross-country team that took the bikes and supplies to California. That team is part of the support crew during the race.

Ray said the point of the race is to give back to Akron Children's Hospital. He said fundraising will continue through the summer with hopes of presenting a check to the hospital in September.

For more on the team go and to donate, go to www.ohiocycleworkscharities.org . For more on the race, go to www.raceacrossamerica.org .

Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com .

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News Headline: Evan Campbell says Golden Flashes not intimidated by caliber of competition at College World Series | Attachment Email

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Kent State University has survived two levels of NCAA Division I postseason competition, qualifying for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. for the first time in school history.

Evan Campbell, a former West Branch High School diamond standout and the junior centerfielder and leadoff batter for the Golden Flashes, is cognizant of the credibility of the competition in the tournament, headed by two-time defending champion South Carolina, top-seeded Florida and UCLA, the team which beat Kent State in the regional tournament two years ago.

While respectful, Campbell doesn't believe the Golden Flashes will back down.

“It doesn't matter who we play,” Campbell said during a telephone conversation from Omaha late Thursday morning. “The three regional games we played in Gary (Ind.) prepared us for the Super Regional. The three games we played against Oregon in their stadium and in front of their fans have made us battle-tested. They prepared us for this.”

Kent State (46-18), which is paired against Arkansas (44-20) in its first College World Series game at Omaha on Saturday at 5 p.m., has played well enough to win 6-of-7 matchups in regional and Super Regional play.

“We've been consistent,” he said. “We play great defense, our pitchers have done a great job keeping games tight and we've gotten timely hitting.”

Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin, who was hired in 2005, also is credited for his preparation.

“Coach Strick gets us to compete every time we go out on the field,” Campbell added. “He can get us fired up, but he can also can get us to play loose. He seems to know we can play better when we're not tight.”

Campbell was a starting second baseman on the 2010 Kent State team which made the regional tournament in Los Angeles and lost two straight games. He earned the starting centerfield spot last year and was part of a team which split four games in the regional at Austin, Tex.

Reflecting back to the start of this season, Campbell admitted there was some uncertainty.

“We lost six players to the Major League Baseball Draft last year and we had a lot of freshmen and transfers come in,” Campbell reminded. “If I had to predict how we would do, I would have said we would have gone 35-25, win the MAC (Mid-American Conference) Tournament again and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.”

Stricklin put together a brutal non-conference schedule, used several different position players and pitchers in the early going.

Slowly but surely, Kent State started to become a solid team. Two new starting pitchers surfaced, joining veteran left-hander David Starn, a former star at Walsh Jesuit High School. Campbell and seven teammates became starting position players.

“We've gotten great leadership by the older guys on the team and we've gotten it in different ways,” Campbell said. “Some of it is vocal, but some of it is by example. The coaching staff has also given us great leadership.”

Kent State is 6-1 in the NCAA Tournament, but it has shown an uncanny ability to win one-run games. Playing under pressure, the Golden Flashes are 4-1 in one-run postseason contests.

Campbell credits that to Stricklin's emphasis on both mental and physical toughness.

“Our offseason workouts are grueling,” Campbell said. “We have to get up at 6 in the morning for them and coach Strick tests our mental toughness by putting us through every game-like situation that we can face. We also condition (physically) hard for the season.”

Campbell enters the College World Series with a .327 batting average. His offensive numbers have dropped since the NCAA Tournament began, but he has delivered some key hits, including a three-run home run in the regional-clinching 3-2 win over Kentucky.

“I hit the ball well in the regional, but I pulled off some balls when we played Oregon,” Campbell said. “I've been working on my approach and I'm confident I can get my stroke and timing back.”

Campbell hasn't allowed his offense to affect his defense in the tournament. He made two game-saving catches that preserved wins, one in Gary and one in Eugene.

With the tying run on base in the last of the eighth inning in the third regional game against Kentucky, he made a leaping catch to protect the 3-2 lead.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the last of the ninth inning in the first Super Regional game at Oregon, he raced to his right and ran down a fly ball in left-center for the final out to secure a 7-6 Kent State win.

Campbell adjusted to the playing conditions at stadiums in Gary and Eugene. He was able to tour TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha, the site of the College World Series. The Golden Flashes also are scheduled to practice there before playing their opener against the Razorbacks.

“That ballpark is unbelievable,” Campbell said. “It looks like a Major League Stadium. I'm looking forward to playing in it.”

With parents John and Dorothy Campbell, his girlfriend and several of his old West Branch teammates and friends making the drive across the country, Campbell is anxiously awaiting to participate in his first-ever and Kent State's first-ever College World Series.

“It's pretty fitting we've gotten this far after what we went through in our (two close) tournament games against Kentucky and three games at Oregon,” Campbell reflected. “We're pretty confident we can do well, we just need to go out and execute like we're capable of doing.”

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News Headline: Kent State Notebook: College World Series could land the next Skulina for Kent State (Stricklin, Birkbeck)) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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OMAHA, Neb. — Kent State baseball coach Scott Stricklin will never forget the night he sat in his newly remodeled man cave watching Auburn play Oregon for college football's national championship.

The fact that the game was a back-and-forth thriller won on a last-second field goal has nothing to do with why Jan. 11, 2011 sticks in his memory.

Instead, that is now remembered as the night a surprise text led to Tyler Skulina returning to Northeast Ohio to pitch for Kent State.

“We had just redone our basement and I was sitting back in my brand new chair, and all of a sudden the phone buzzed,” said Stricklin. “It was Walsh Jesuit coach Chris Kaczmar, and his text said: ‘Would you be interested in Tyler Skulina?' ”

A year earlier, Skulina had been considered the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio and Kent State had no chance to recruit him. The Strongsville native had what he thought at the time were greater aspirations, and he signed early to play at the University of Virginia.

Stricklin's eyes grew wide. His one-word answer: “Yes.”

Kaczmar texted back saying Skulina had asked for and received his release from Virginia and he and his father would like to speak with you tomorrow.

Stricklin's eyes widened again. Another one-word answer: “OK.”

“They were in my office the next day and the rest is history,” said Stricklin.

After sitting out in 2011 due to NCAA transfer rules, Skulina has played a key role in Kent State's run to Omaha and the College World Series in his first season with the Flashes. His 12 wins are the most in a single-season at Kent State, and that's as his team's No. 3 starter following David Starn and Ryan Bores.

On Monday, he pitched 52/3 scoreless innings as the Flashes clinched their first College World Series berth with a win over Oregon in the finale of the NCAA Super Regional in Eugene.

That win may help Kent State land players of Skulina's pedigree in the future.

“We were not close at all with Tyler (out of high school),” said Stricklin. “When he came around the second time, I went back and looked at my email archives and I sent him an email on Sept. 1 of his junior year. I got a response back on Sept. 19 from him thanking me for our interest, but he had already committed to Virginia.

“He committed to Virginia really early, so we never had a chance to recruit him and we didn't have a shot at him. He was the No. 1 player in the state and he was going to go to a big program outside of Ohio. We were very fortunate it just wasn't the right fit for him.”

Stricklin is certain he'll have a better shot at those higher-caliber local players now that he has a College World Series added to his recruiting arsenal.

“There is no question,” said Stricklin. “It's already helping in recruiting. Kids have always wanted to come to Kent State, but the elite players have always looked elsewhere. So we are going to try to do everything we can to get the best players that fit our program. We don't want to go too far from the formula we already use, which is getting blue collar, hard working players from our area. But there are some really, really good blue collar, hard working kids in our area that go to other schools. We want to make sure we get the best players possible to Kent State.”

Skulina was a perfect 26-0 as a starter at Walsh Jesuit, earning Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball First Team High School All-American honors in 2009 and an honorable mention selection in 2010. Even with those accolades, he said he would have given Kent State a serious look when he was in high school if he knew playing in a College World Series was a possibility.

Skulina also agrees Kent State's trip to Omaha will make a difference in attracting higher-caliber local players who may have been considering other schools outside of Ohio just a few days ago.

“I definitely think that will happen,” said Skulina. “Getting here to Omaha and winning a Super Regional will get some of those players to take a second look at Kent State. I think they may reach out to talk to guys they know who are already here to find out what might set Kent apart from other schools.”

A FIRST FOR BIRKBECK

Skulina gives much of the credit for his sophomore success to Kent State associate head coach and longtime pitching coach Mike Birkbeck.

“Coach Birkbeck has been everywhere, in the major leagues, the minors and even playing in Japan,” said Skulina. “He has so much experience that he has a lot to share with the whole pitching staff. We learn a lot from him.”

Birkbeck pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets after minor-league stops in places like Paintsville, Beloit, El Paso, Vancouver, Richmond, Tidewater and even in Canton-Akron with the AA Indians. In Japan he played for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

But in a college career pitching for the University of Akron and a coaching career that has seen him spend the last 14 seasons at Kent State, this is his first College World Series.

“This is a pretty special experience,” said Birkbeck. “It's the ultimate destination in our sport, where you want to go. But this is about our kids, and I'm so happy for them to have the chance to be here.”

As for that Jan. 11, 2011 text that led to Skulina coming to Kent, Birkbeck calls it “a miracle.”

“Honestly,” he said. “It was a miracle. We were about to lose 67-percent of our innings to graduation and the pros, and we weren't sure how we were going to replace that. Then we get that text saying would you be interested in Tyler Skulina? May response was the same as Scott's. Yes sir.”

OPENING CEREMONIES CANCELED

An ugly thunderstorm forced the NCAA to cancel the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night. That meant no introductions to a giant fireworks display for Kent State.

Of course, it also meant what was probably some much needed rest for a team that has traveled 4,164 miles in the last week.

Unfortunately, the current forecast is for thunderstorms to linger in the area through Saturday. The College World Series opens today with Stony Brook playing UCLA at 5 p.m. EDT and Florida State facing Arizona at 9 p.m.

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News Headline: Kent State baseball team at home in Omaha (with gallery) (Stricklin | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: By David Carducci | Staff Writer

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OMAHA, Neb. — The opening press conference of the College Baseball World Series felt like a mini Southeastern Conference media day.

Seated at the podium at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Thursday afternoon were the head coaches from three SEC affiliates — Florida, South Carolina, and Arkansas.

One of those schools is this year's top national seed. Another is the two-time defending College World Series champ. The last is no stranger to Omaha, making its third appearance in the last nine years in college baseball's biggest event.

And then there was the head coach from Kent State.

“We are the party-crashers,” Golden Flashes head coach Scott Stricklin said with a smile.

At the beginning of the year, Stricklin's only goal was to see his team get out of an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history. Now after hitting that mark and winning in their Super Regional debut last week in Oregon, the Flashes' readjusted goals have spawned a new motto in Omaha.

“Anything can happen once you get here,” Stricklin said.

Kent State's is one those classic underdog stories that can transform a party-crasher into the belle of a ball. That seems to be what is happening in Omaha as many Nebraskans are adopting the Flashes as their team in this year's College World Series — or at least as the popular pick on the side of the bracket that includes Kent State, South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas.

The other side of the bracket has its own darling in Stony Brook — another surprise team from the north in its first trip to Omaha.

“Everywhere we go, people are coming up to us and wishing us luck and telling us they are going to root for us and for Stony Brook,” said Stricklin. “There is no question the fans have been welcoming to us and our players.”

When Kent State sports information directors Todd Vatter and Mike Ashcraft snuck away to have a quiet dinner at D.J.'s Dugout on Wednesday night, the owner of the suburban Omaha sports bar noticed the Golden Flashes' logos on their shirts and came over to wish them luck.

A few other patrons also visited the table to offer well-wishes, “and we aren't even players or coaches,” said Vatter. “The crazy thing is they knew everything about our team, how we played 21 innings against Kentucky, and beat Purdue and then Oregon.”

Richard Clark of Munroe Falls, who is the father of Kent State freshman pitcher and Stow High School graduate Brian Clark, said two of the crowd managers at TD Ameritrade Park noticed his “Kent State Baseball” T-shirt and decided to approach him as he watched Thursday's batting practice.

“They came up to me and said they had been following us, how much they liked our team and that they'd be cheering for us and for Stony Brook,” Clark said. “It was really nice.”

But that's Omaha. As the home site of the College World Series since 1950, it is a city that loves college baseball and appreciates teams that play the game the right way.

Of course, Nebraska is also college football country, and Omaha is just an hour away from Lincoln, the home of the state's beloved Cornhuskers. Nebraska football fans may find some incentive to cheer on Kent State fans for a week or two according to Fred Uhe, the deputy clerk of Sarpy County.

“People in Omaha love underdogs here, but then when you look at Kent State's bracket, there's a whole other reason for people from here to root for Kent State,” said Uhe, one of Nebraska's newest Kent State fans. “That side of the bracket has three Southeastern Conference teams, and Huskers football fans don't have any love for teams from the SEC. People here are really taking to Kent State because of that. You might see a lot of fans in here cheering for Kent State on Saturday night.”

The Flashes open College World Series play against Arkansas at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday. They know at least 700 seats in the 24,505-seat stadium will be filled by Kent State fans and alumni. That was the total number of tickets the NCAA gave Kent State to sell for game one, and all were snapped up in less than a day.

In fact, according to Kent State ticket manager Greg Keys, Kent State was the only school of the eight College World Series qualifiers to sell out its ticket allotment.

“From the way people have been coming up to us since we got here, I think a lot more people will be cheering for us,” said sophomore pitcher Tyler Skulina, a Strongsville native and former Walsh Jesuit High School star. “That would help us a lot after having to play three games in Oregon last week for the Super Regional where just about everyone was obviously rooting for them.”

Knowing just how much finding turning TD Ameritrade Park into a home-field advantage could help his Flashes, Stricklin made his pitch during Thursday's press conference, telling Nebraskans why they should embrace a rare visitor from north of the Mason Dixon line. KSU and Stony Brook are the first northerners to qualify for the College World Series since Notre Dame in 2002.

“People keep coming up and saying, ‘We are really looking forward to seeing you play,' ” Stricklin said. “People will enjoy watching us play. We're just a bunch of dirt bags, kids that play the game hard. We don't necessarily look like we belong in a uniform. We've got a couple of guys that look like bat boys instead of three-hole hitters, but they play the game.”

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News Headline: Saturday declared Kent State baseball day in Portage | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: The Portage County Board of Commissioners has declared Saturday as Kent State University Baseball Team Day in honor of the Golden Flashes making the College World Series.

The proclamation reads " Whereas, The KSU Golden Flashes Baseball Team, coached by Scott Stricklin, has earned a berth in the College World Series for the first time in Kent State history while also winning the most single-season games in school history and; Whereas, These Kent State players are also student-athletes who have admirably balanced their coursework with their focus on practices and games including traveling around the country during the regionals and super regionals in this historic baseball season."

The game against the Arkansas Razorbacks starts at 5 p.m. in Omaha, Neb. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. A watch party is scheduled at the Water Street Tavern in Kent.

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News Headline: Saturday Declared 'KSU Baseball Day' in Portage County | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: County commissioners issue proclamation recognizing Kent State's first-ever College World Series appearance

By Matt Fredmonsky

The accolades are coming from everywhere.

This afternoon the Portage County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation in honor of the Kent State University Golden Flashes upcoming, first-ever appearance in the College World Series.

Portage County Commissioners Maureen Frederick, Tommie Jo Marsilio and Chris Smeiles proclaimed that Saturday, June 16, will be Kent State Baseball Team Day in Portage County.

You can read the entire proclamation, which is attached to this article.

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News Headline: How to Watch, Cheer on and Follow Kent State in Omaha | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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Fan travel information, TV schedules and more

Friday marks history in the making as the Kent State University Golden Flashes men's baseball team makes its first ever College World Series appearance.

Naturally, everyone wants to know how to get tickets, watch on TV and the like.

The Kent State Athletics department has posted information for everything from how to watch on TV to where the university tailgate parties are in Omaha, NB.

Here's what you need to know, courtesy Kent State Athletics:
Tickets

Individual game tickets and full tournament packages for the College World Series are available through the Kent State ticket office at (330) 672-2244.
Individual game tickets are: Tier 1 Reserved, $30; Tier 2 Reserved, $29; Tier 3 Reserved, $28; Club Seats, $30; and Suite Seats, $35
Season tickets are: Tier 1 Reserved, $408; Tier 2 Reserved, $391; Tier 3 Reserved, $374
Click here for a seating chart of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NB.

Game/TV Schedule

Friday, June 15
Game 1: Stony Brook (52-13) vs. No. 2 UCLA (47-14) (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 2: Arizona (43-17) vs. No. 3 Florida State (48-15) (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)
Saturday, June 16
Game 3: Kent State (46-18) vs. Arkansas (44-20) (ESPN/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 4: No. 8 South Carolina (45-17) vs. No. 1 Florida (47-18) (ESPN/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)
Sunday, June 17
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)
Monday, June 18
Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 19
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 20
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)
Thursday, June 21
Game 11: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)
Friday, June 22
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.) (if necessary)
Game 14: Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 9 p.m.) (if necessary)

Championship series -- June 24-26 (best of three)

TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.

Sunday, June 24
Game 1: TBD (ESPN2/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)
Monday, June 25
Game 2: TBD (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)
Sunday, June 26
Game 3: TBD (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.) (if necessary)

The Water Street Tavern in downtown Kent is hosting watch parties for each game featuring Kent State.
Tailgating in Omaha

The Kent State University Alumni Association and Kent State Athletics are partnering with The Old Mattress Factory Bar and Grill to host pre-game gatherings in Omaha during the CWS.

All fans who RSVP for the pre-game tailgate will receive a complimentary meal. The reception begins at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on game day. To RSVP, call (888)320-KENT between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST).

Click here for more information from the Kent State University Alumni Association.
Social media, other links

Kent State Athletics has identified several hotels in Omaha, NB, for fans traveling to watch the team. Click over to the Kent State Athletics home page for more information about hotels, fan compliance and other tournament information.

Here are some Facebook and Twitter sources to follow for updates:

@flashesbaseball - Kent State baseball's official twitter page
@ksuathletics - Kent State athletics' official twitter page
@golden_flashes - Kent State athletics marketing official twitter page
http://www.facebook.com/GoldenFlashes Kent State Athletics facebook page.

Twitter hashtags to search for and use:

#GoFlashes - Kent State athletics' general twitter hashtag
#BiteDown - Kent State baseball hashtag
#CWS - College World Series

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News Headline: Kent State players soak in College World Series experience - Canton, OH - CantonRep.com (Stricklin) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/14/2012
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News OCR Text: Kent State players soak in College World Series experience

By Mike Popovich

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Posted Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:31 PM

Last update Jun 14, 2012 @ 02:10 PM

Being at the College World Series for the first time is starting to sink in for the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The Flashes will practice and sign autographs this afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. They also will participate in tonight's opening ceremonies.

"Probably the biggest question we're getting is what does it feel like?" Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said today at a news conference. "It's very surreal right now."

It won't be a dream Saturday when the Flashes face Arkansas in their first game. First pitch is 5 p.m.

Kent State beat Oregon in a best-of-three super regional to reach the CWS. During the postseason, the Flashes survived a 21-inning marathon in their first game and made it to Omaha on the strength of clutch hits and great defensive plays.

"Our motto is anything can happen once you get there," Stricklin said. "To be in Omaha is a dream come true for our players, for our coaching staff, and we're trying to soak it in right now."

The Flashes know they have their work cut out for them in what one reporter called the "SEC Midwest" bracket. In addition to Arkansas, the bracket also has two-time defending national champion South Carolina and No. 1-ranked Florida.

"We saw the way the bracket was kind of taking shape when we were in the super regionals and we made the comment that we might be in there with the SEC," Stricklin said. "We're thrilled to do it.

"These guys have all seen us play on TV. We've got a very good ballclub. We feel like we belong here. We played a very good Kentucky team in our regional and beat them twice, so I think we've proven that we do belong here."

Being at the College World Series for the first time is starting to sink in for the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The Flashes will practice and sign autographs this afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. They also will participate in tonight's opening ceremonies.

"Probably the biggest question we're getting is what does it feel like?" Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said today at a news conference. "It's very surreal right now."

It won't be a dream Saturday when the Flashes face Arkansas in their first game. First pitch is 5 p.m.

Kent State beat Oregon in a best-of-three super regional to reach the CWS. During the postseason, the Flashes survived a 21-inning marathon in their first game and made it to Omaha on the strength of clutch hits and great defensive plays.

"Our motto is anything can happen once you get there," Stricklin said. "To be in Omaha is a dream come true for our players, for our coaching staff, and we're trying to soak it in right now."

The Flashes know they have their work cut out for them in what one reporter called the "SEC Midwest" bracket. In addition to Arkansas, the bracket also has two-time defending national champion South Carolina and No. 1-ranked Florida.

"We saw the way the bracket was kind of taking shape when we were in the super regionals and we made the comment that we might be in there with the SEC," Stricklin said. "We're thrilled to do it.

"These guys have all seen us play on TV. We've got a very good ballclub. We feel like we belong here. We played a very good Kentucky team in our regional and beat them twice, so I think we've proven that we do belong here."

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News Headline: Omaha loves a CWS underdog | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: By Ryan McGee | ESPN.com

(PHOTO) Kent State and Stony Brook will have no shortage of hometown support during their stay in Omaha.

Omaha loves itself an underdog.

That's why The Big O, though always thrilled to see the return of old friends such as South Carolina, Florida and Arizona, will be waiting along the banks of the Missouri River with its arms opened just a little wider to embrace Stony Brook and Kent State.

In 1950, the city hosted its first College World Series. The mighty Texas Longhorns won the title but first had to stagger through an eight-team field that included first-and-only-time CWS participants Wisconsin, Colorado State, Rutgers and Tufts.

Tufts?

Over the past 63 years, a total of 111 different schools have sent teams to Nebraska for college baseball's ultimate tournament. But only 24 of those colleges and universities have claimed College World Series titles. That makes for a lot of lovable losers.

As a rule, the people of Omaha are collective suckers for such would-be Cinderellas, from Rider and Dartmouth to Texas-Pan American and Ithaca to Southern Miss and UC Irvine. Years after they have come and gone, their logos can still be seen in the grandstands of TD Ameritrade Park, worn by the locals who continue to find inspiration from their unlikely runs. And it is among those beloved underdogs that the Seawolves and Golden Flashes might also find a little inspiration, as they embark on their very own Omaha love story.

Which stories are the most stirring? Of which teams do they still tell the tales of in the darkened corners of steakhouses throughout the Gateway to the West? Glad you asked. Here are the 10 most beloved underdogs in Omaha's College World Series history.

10. Harvard: 1968, 1971, 1973-74

• CWS Record: 1-8
• Finish: Tied for last place three times, 5th once

Yale appeared in the first two editions of College World Series, losing both times, but those games were held in Kalamazoo, Mich. Their archrival became something of an unlikely staple in Omaha, making the field of eight four times in seven years. Harvard's only win over that span was against BYU in '71, and three of its eight losses were by one run.

The Crimson played then-fledgling Miami in the Canes' first CWS game ("Don't let this be a math contest," quipped Miami coach Ron Fraser) and in that game it was Harvard that swung the first aluminum bat ever to cross the plate at Rosenblatt Stadium in a CWS contest.

"People here in Omaha absolutely loved seeing Harvard come to town," late USC coach Rod Dedeaux recalled in 2003. "I think it made us all feel smarter being around them."

9. The Citadel: 1990
• CWS Record: 1-2
• Finish: T-5

Like Stony Brook and Kent State, the Citadel and Georgia Southern shared the underdog spotlight in 1990. In Game 1, Georgia Southern lost an extra-inning thriller to top-ranked Stanford after a potential game-winning homer was ruled a double, much to the displeasure of the Rosenblatt Stadium crowd.

Three days later, The Citadel, led by quote-machine coach Chal Port, provided one of the most thrilling finishes in CWS history. The Bulldogs, who had been displaced from their home field all season by the destruction of Hurricane Hugo, rallied from down 4-1 to take a 6-4 lead over Cal State Fullerton. The Titans sent the game into extra frames, but Tony Skole's 12th-inning single and Anthony Jenkins' fearless slide into home is still one of the Series' most beloved moments.

8. Loyola Marymount: 1986

• CWS Record: 1-2
• Finish: T-5

All the Lions did was beat LSU, who had been ranked No. 1 nearly all season. Down 3-2 with two outs in the late innings, Loyola had two men on when a lazy fly ball was popped up toward Albert Belle, who misjudged the sun and dropped the ball. Both runners scored. Rosenblatt, not yet known as Baton Rouge North, went nuts.

"It's still the greatest day in the history of Loyola Marymount baseball," recalled LSU coach Skip Bertman. "As far as I was concerned, it was the worst day in LSU history at that point. Of course it wasn't, but it sure felt like it at the time."

7. Eastern Michigan: 1976

• CWS Record: 3-2
• Finish: Runner-up

The last MAC team to make the CWS field before Kent State this season, Eastern Michigan was no slouch. The Eagles made it to Omaha the year before and were ranked third in the nation entering the '76 Series. Tired of seeing teams from Arizona and California dominate the finals, the city of Omaha got behind the Eagles. Led by future L.A. Dodgers and Oakland Athletics ace Bobby Welch, Eastern made it to the finals by beating Arizona State. But a matchup with Arizona in the finals proved too much, as the Eagles lost twice to the Wildcats, 11-6 and 7-1.

Eastern Michigan hasn't made it back to Omaha since.

6. Rollins: 1954

• CWS Record: 3-2
• Finish: Runner-up

The Tars participated in the first intercollegiate sporting event, an 11-10 baseball victory over Stetson in 1895. Nearly 60 years later, the school of only 700 students made it all the way to the title game, losing to Missouri, 4-1. Rollins is still the smallest school to make it to Omaha. Now it plays in NCAA Division II and is the only program to make it to the national championship series in the NAIA and both NCAA divisions.

5. Hawaii: 1980

• CWS Record: 3-2
• Finish: Runner-up

During the Warriors' lone CWS appearance, they won over the locals with their grass-green uniforms, laidback island style (which included bringing boom boxes into the dugout) and by beating big-time programs. They knocked off Florida State, Miami and St. John's (the last New York team to make it to the CWS until Stony Brook this year) to make the finals, where they lost to Arizona and CWS Most Outstanding Player Terry Francona. They haven't been back since.

4. Creighton: 1991

• CWS Record: 2-2
• Finish: T-3

With all due respect to all the other teams on this list, when it comes to city support none can compare to the Bluejays' grandstand-rocking effort of '91. The hometown team -- whose campus is only four miles from Rosenblatt Stadium -- electrified Omaha for six glorious days. Led by future big leaguer Alan Benes, it knocked off second-ranked Clemson in its first game and No. 6 seed Long Beach State three days later. But it was a loss that stands out as one of the all-time great Rosenblatt moments.

In front of a then-record 18,000 fans, Wichita State center fielder Jim Audley scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Creighton pinch runner Steve Burns broke for home, but was gunned out at the plate by, naturally, Audley.

"It was Omaha's finest moment," said Skip Bertman, who was scouting the game for his LSU team. "As they walked off the field … they received the greatest round of applause I ever heard at Rosenblatt. From that moment on, anyone in the town who hadn't been sold on the magic of the College World Series started standing in line for tickets. It was the moment that turned a football town into a baseball town."

3. Oklahoma: 1951

CWS Record: 4-0
Finish: Champion

The senior-heavy Sooners got off to a horrible regular-season start but rallied to win the Big 7 title and earned an invite to the postseason. In a field packed with baseball powers, OU upset Ohio State, USC and Tennessee to win it all, ending the year on a 13-game winning streak.

To be clear, this was not the program that became an Omaha regular in the 1970s and '90s. In fact, the '51 baseball team was so lightly regarded by its own athletic department that it didn't receive CWS championship rings until 2001.

"Bud Wilkinson told us we couldn't go," outfielder-turned-Broadway-actor Jim Antonio said in 2008 for the book "The Road To Omaha: Hits, Hopes, and History at the College World Series." He was speaking of the legendary Oklahoma football coach and athletic director. The university president intervened and demanded that Wilkinson send the team to Omaha. The Sooners won the championship game 3-2 over Tennessee and then loaded the bus and drove back to Norman. "We would've liked to have stayed and celebrated. But we didn't have enough money left to get motel rooms."

2. Holy Cross: 1952

• CWS Record: 4-0
• Finish: Champion

The Crusaders played iron-man, rubber-armed baseball. Coach Jack Barry was so hard-hearted, he once teased Boston Red Sox teammate Babe Ruth so relentlessly it made The Bambino cry. Barry carried only 15 Holy Cross players to Omaha and played only 11. They played seven games in six days and won six, with five of the victories coming from two pitchers, basketball players Jim "Shuffles" O'Neill and Ron Perry. All were complete-game efforts, and O'Neill's title-clinching, CWS-record third win came on only one day's rest.

Making the feat even more impressive, the team was stuck in a hotel with no air conditioning during a record-breaking heat wave, so they spent their nights sleeping in a city park across the street.

1. Fresno State: 2008

• CWS Record: 6-1
• Finish: Champion

A roster of unshaven, self-declared dirt bags, the "Underdog to Wonderdog" squad of Fresno State was constructed using tiny parts of all the teams listed above.

The Bulldogs were unheralded, having to win the WAC tournament to simply make the field of 64 and then becoming the first No. 4 seed to make the CWS (Stony Brook just became the second). They toed the line of extinction, winning five elimination games in the NCAA tournament alone, all against titans of the game. They made their march using a two-point strategy of riding the arms of a couple of iron-man pitchers and teaching hitters to be insanely patient at the plate, working deep into counts searching for the right pitch to hit.

But most importantly, coach Mike Batesole's roster of largely overlooked talent was never intimidated by the team in the other dugout, no matter what kind of history it brought with it.

If it sounds familiar, it should. All of the above can also be said about Stony Brook and Kent State. Now let's see if they can match -- perhaps top -- what Fresno did not so long ago.

If they do, they too will own a piece of Omaha's heart forever. History says so.

Ryan McGee is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Road To Omaha: Hits, Hopes and History at the College World Series," which chronicles the excitement and passion of the CWS, is now available on paperback.

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News Headline: College Cinderellas ready to step onto big stage (Stricklin) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: Stony Brook, Kent State excited for chance to play in Omaha
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com | 06/14/12 9:15 PM ET

OMAHA -- Stony Brook has already beaten two storied programs on its road to the College World Series. Now it's time to see if the Seawolves can continue their magical run.

Stony Brook, which began the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament as the No. 4 seed in the Coral Gables Regional, opens the 66th College World Series at 5 p.m. ET on Friday against No. 2 UCLA at TD Ameritrade Park.

Arizona (43-17) and No. 3 Florida State (48-15) play the nightcap at 9 p.m.

(PHOTO) "To be in Omaha is a dream come true for our players," said Kent State's Scott Stricklin (left, with Arkansas' Dave Van Horn). (AP)

Both games will be televised on ESPN2.

Stony Brook (52-13) has captivated fans on its way to Omaha, eliminating Miami in the Regionals before knocking out LSU in two straight elimination games in Baton Rouge. Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said that beating the Tigers in the Super Regional at LSU's Alex Box Stadium gave his players the confidence to know they can compete in big-time environments.

"We could either be intimidated by the situation or embrace it," Senk said of playing at LSU. "And to my players' credit, I think they embraced it, and we're trying to do the same this week."

Stony Brook almost certainly will be the fan favorite on Friday against No. 2 UCLA (47-14), which is fine with Bruins head coach John Savage.

"It's baseball. You've got to go out and play. You've got two good baseball teams going at each other, and that's the way it should be," Savage said. "We hope the stadium's filled, and if everyone is pulling for them, that's what college baseball is all about."

Stony Brook isn't the only Cinderella at the College World Series, however.

Kent State, a No. 3 seed from the Gary Regional, also is in Omaha after beating Oregon in the Super Regionals. This is the first time in program history the Golden Flashes have advanced out of a Regional.

Although Stony Brook has been getting the majority of the national publicity, Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said that his team is getting its fair share of love and is excited for the opportunity.

"Our goal coming into this season was to try to get out of a Regional, get to a Super Regional," Stricklin said. "Our motto is, 'Anything can happen once you get there.' To be in Omaha is a dream come true for our players, for our coaching staff, and we're trying to soak it in right now. That is probably the biggest question we're getting: 'What does it feel like?' It's very surreal right now."

Now that they're in Omaha, the Seawolves' and Golden Flashes' competition becomes even tougher.

Florida, UCLA and Florida State -- the tournament's top three seeds -- went undefeated in Regional and Super Regional action. Eighth seed and two-time defending champion South Carolina also hasn't lost, and the Gamecocks are going for the first three-peat since USC won five consecutive national titles from 1970-74.

Arkansas, which finished second in the South Eastern Conference's Western Division, is the third SEC team in Omaha, and Pac-12 co-champion Arizona is making its 16th College World Series appearance.

Right-hander Tyler Johnson, who was taken by the A's in the 33rd round of last week's First-Year Player Draft, will start the first game for Stony Brook against UCLA's Adam Plutko.

Florida State left-hander Brandon Leibrandt opposes Arizona right-hander Kurt Heyer in the nightcap.

Heyer, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Cardinals, struggled in the Super Regionals against St. John's, giving up 17 hits. Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is confident that the righty will rebound.

"He's really competitive, and he understands what he needs to do on a day-to-day basis," Lopez said. "He's been our Friday night starter. He understands what a Friday night starter has to do to give us chances."

Kent State (46-18) and Arkansas (44-20) play Saturday's opener at 5 p.m., with South Carolina (45-17) and Florida (47-18) facing each other at 9 p.m. in a rematch of last year's championship series.

Florida left-hander Brian Johnson, who was chosen 31st overall by the Red Sox, takes the mound against South Carolina left-hander Michael Roth, who was drafted in the ninth round by the Angels.

Saturday's games will be televised on ESPN.

"As far as the rivalry, I don't know," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "I've got a great deal of respect for [South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner] and his program. I will tell you that. Every time you play them, you have to play your best. It's never going to be easy. Obviously, Saturday night will be no different."

Florida catcher Mike Zunino, who was selected third overall by the Mariners, headlines 54 draftees who will compete in the College World Series.

Zunino is hitting .322 with 19 home runs and 28 doubles this season and is one of three finalists for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, given to the top college baseball player.

Florida State outfielder James Ramsey (23rd overall, Cardinals) also was drafted in the first round, with Stony Brook outfielder Travis Jankowski (44th overall, Padres) and UCLA outfielder Jeff Gelalich (57th overall, Reds) selected in the first sandwich round.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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News Headline: Minn. coach: SB, Kent St. 'beat unbelievable odds' (Stricklin) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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OMAHA, Neb. — Kent State coach Scott Stricklin says his team and fellow College World Series newcomer Stony Brook have "put some holes" in the argument that the NCAA baseball structure is patently unfair to cold-weather programs.

Minnesota coach John Anderson, however, isn't backing down from his belief that northern schools should consider banding together to form their own association and play for their own championship.

"Those two teams beat unbelievable odds," Anderson said Thursday. "Good for them. I'm happy for them and wish them luck. Yes, Stony Brook and Kent State give us some hope, but is it sustainable? That is the question."

Anderson, the winningest baseball coach in Big Ten history, suggested in February that his conference and others in the North should break away from the NCAA's traditional February-to-June schedule and play when the weather in the northern climes is more favorable. Purdue coach Doug Schreiber has proposed that the NCAA allow teams to play 14-18 fall games whose results would carry over to the spring, when the season would resume.

Because of snow and cold, some northern teams must play their first 20 games on the road. Losing home-field advantage early in the season can lead to losses that negatively affect RPI, one of the main tools used for selecting teams for the NCAA tournament.

Anderson said some northern schools have been reluctant to put resources into baseball because of the lack of national-level success — which creates further distance between the haves and have-nots in the sport.

Kent State and Stony Brook made it to Omaha despite having to play on the road for regionals and super regionals.

Before this year, the last cold-weather school in the CWS was Nebraska in 2005, though some would argue 2006-07 champion Oregon State fits the bill as a northern team even though it is on the West Coast.

Either way, northern representation has been spotty since the NCAA tournament discontinued a true regional format in 1987.

Stricklin said Kent State and Stony Brook have proved cold weather is not insurmountable, noting both have built the core of their programs with players from their regions.

"We develop a toughness about ourselves and develop a chip on our shoulder," Stricklin said. "It is possible to get here. For two teams to do it this year is pretty ironic because of the steam that was coming around with that argument. It does put some holes in that. We're thrilled to be here, thrilled to represent the North and hope it opens some doors for other schools."

Stony Brook coach Matt Senk, whose team was left out of the national tournament last year despite winning 42 games, said northern teams have a better chance to grab the selection committee's attention if they are not one-year wonders.

"What will make the most change is the Stony Brooks, St. John's and UConns doing it on a consistent basis," he said.

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RANGERS SUPPORT SEAWOLVES: A good number of Texas Rangers wore Stony Brook caps during batting practice before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Rangers reliever Joe Nathan is Stony Brook's most famous baseball alum. Problem was, there weren't enough Seawolves caps to go around, and Nathan was one of the players who didn't wear one.

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PITCHING AND DEFENSE: New bat standards have put pitching and defense at a premium in college baseball. Close, low-scoring games are the norm now — a far cry from the 1990s.

"I never thought I'd see it like it is today," South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said. "Although four, five years ago the talk was that the bats were going to change, I wasn't so sure that it would be like it is today."

As of midseason, the Division I batting average was .275 with 5.47 runs a game. Those were the lowest numbers since the average was .273 and 5.38 in 1975, the year after colleges went to aluminum bats.

"The hitting, regardless of how good a lineup any of these teams have had, we've all been through a two- or three-week stretch where we haven't hit or executed offensively," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "Speaking with coaches, the teams that were able to stay above water were the ones that were able to pitch and play defense on a day to day basis."

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HOGS RELY ON ARMS: Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn says one of his regrets about the 2009 team that made it to the CWS is that it didn't have enough pitching to make a run at the title.

That's not the case this year.

The Razorbacks' team ERA is 2.90, and the staff has a 2.00 ERA in the NCAA tournament. Nine pitchers have thrown 31 or more innings.

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FEEL LIKE A CHAMP: Coaches Mike Martin of Florida State and Andy Lopez of Arizona have been friends for decades. They first met in California in 1993, the year after Lopez coached Pepperdine to the national championship.

Lopez said: "He came out to Malibu for some reason."

Martin, without missing a beat, said: "Came out to see what it was like to win a national championship."

Martin has brought Florida State to the CWS 14 previous times, and the Seminoles have been to Omaha 21 times overall. They've never won the title — the longest string of frustration for any team that has ever made it to the CWS so many times.

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STONY BROOK SUPER FAN: Evelyn Scalise showed up for Stony Brook's public practice with a red umbrella and red cape.

No, it wasn't Superwoman. She's just a super fan.

Scalise, from West Islip on Long Island, is the aunt of catcher Pat Cantwell and could barely contain her enthusiasm for the Seawolves' first CWS appearance.

"What these boys have done has made all their families so proud, and now the rest of the country gets to see what we've seen all season," Scalise said. "There's more people at just this practice than ever go to their home games. We can't even imagine what it's going to be like tomorrow when the stadium is full."

Stony Brook plays in a new stadium made possible by a $500,000 donation from Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan, the school's best-known baseball alum. There are no restrooms or concession stands, and there is no charge for admission.

"That's going to have to change after this," said Emily Bova of Scotia, N.Y., fiancee of Seawolves pitcher Gallup, who attended all 28 home games.

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SHORT HOPS: South Carolina's public workout was cut short Thursday because of an approaching storm. The threat of inclement weather forced officials to cancel the CWS opening ceremonies. ... NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chairman Kyle Kallander said he has not been notified of any cases of teams doctoring bats to liven them up. New bat standards put in place last year have led to decreased offense in the game. American Baseball Coaches Association executive director Dave Keilitz said he has gotten only one call from a coach who suspected an opponent might have tried to skirt the bat standards. ... Arkansas' Dave Van Horn and Stricklin coached together on Team USA last summer. Neither said he saw an advantage or disadvantage from that experience when it comes to their teams meeting Saturday.

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Arlington, Texas, contributed to this report.

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News Headline: Behind the plate, Kent State catcher David Lyon is ahead of the game (Birkbeck, Stricklin) | Attachment Email

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kent State associate head coach Mike Birkbeck said one of the first things he did, after celebrating the Golden Flashes' first trip to Omaha, Neb. for the College World Series, was to make a phone call.

"I called the scout that drafted him, and told him, 'David Lyon is going to make you look like a genius,'" Birkbeck said.

Lyon, a product of Emporium, Pa., was taken by Texas in the 34th round, 1,056th overall in the recent baseball draft. But right now the KSU catcher is showing off his talents in a big way. Kent opens play in the NCAA College World Series Saturday at 5 p.m. against Arkansas.

"It's been amazing," Lyon said from Omaha, Neb., where Kent has been soaking in the atmosphere before its first game. "Honestly, we want to win, but it is great to be here. It's kind of surreal, just amazing."

Amazing is a word also can describe the 5-11, 205-pound senior. He is both the calming force for a strong pitching staff, and the source of some of the fantastic defensive plays Kent State has made throughout its tournament run against Kentucky, Purdue and Oregon.

He has a 3.69 grade-point average in finance, but the catcher's tools of ignorance have been his forte since he was 10 years old.

"I just love being in the game, every pitch," Lyon said. "I don't think I could play any other position. I like thinking about all the sequences, pitching to each hitter. I like controlling the game, having the tempo at my fingertips."

It is not uncommon to see Lyon step out from behind the plate in critical situations, talk to his pitcher, signal the number of outs to his teammates, then spread his arms in a "calm down" motion before going back behind the plate.

"David has been very fortunate, because coach [Scott] Stricklin is a tremendous developer of catchers," said Birkbeck, who pitched in the major leagues for the Milwaukee Brewers. "I could very easily have thrown to David Lyon when I was pitching. There is no doubt in my mind.

"He's definitely a field general. He's not a big talker. He's not a non-stop, chat-chat-chat guy. So when he speaks, our guys pay very, very close attention. I love how he handles our pitchers, because every single one of those guys is different, and he has a real good feel with each and every one of them. That's very comforting for us as coaches."

It is rare in the college game for a catcher to call pitches, but Lyon has been doing it most of the last two seasons. With Stricklin being a former catcher at Kent and the minor leagues, plus Birkbeck's major-league experience, there is a lot a catcher can learn in practice.

"I've pushed him, and he's pushed back," Stricklin said of coaching Lyon. "But we are closer now than we have ever been. He's the best defensive catcher I've ever coached."

On the field, it is the players' game. Seldom will Stricklin or Birkbeck call pitches, and beyond defensive adjustments, seldom will they make moves on the field, beyond bringing in relief pitchers.

"One of our philosophies is, 'Those guys have got to think for themselves on the field,'" Birkbeck said. "We manage what we feel we have to, when they get back to the dugout. But they've got to think for themselves out there."

It pays off in a big way for the Flashes, when, seemingly out of nowhere, Lyon attempts a pickoff of a runner at first base. More often than not, he and first baseman George Roberts get their man. Lyon has picked off three runners in the NCAA Tournament.

"Those guys do that themselves," Birkbeck said. "We're as shocked as the base runner when it happens. That's between David and George Roberts at first and Saywer Polen at third. I know they work on it, and we do have some plays, but we don't call it very often, they do.

"David Lyons has as good of a snap-throw as I've seen in a long, long time."

Lyon said the play is something he began putting extra time in prior to the season, and it continues to pay off.

"I tend to throw behind runners a lot, kind of catching them off-guard," he said. "We have our little signs that we do. It's a feel. Half the time, the guy gets back, half the time we get the out. Not bad at all."

College World Series schedule

TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.

All times EDT / double elimination

x-if necessary
Friday: Game 1 — Stony Brook (52-13) vs. UCLA (47-14), 5 p.m.; Game 2 — Arizona (43-17) vs. Florida State (48-15), 9 p.m.
Saturday: Game 3 — Kent State (46-18) vs. Arkansas (44-20), 5 p.m.; Game 4 — South Carolina (45-17) vs. Florida (47-18), 9 p.m.
Sunday: Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5 p.m.; Game 6 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 9 p.m.
June 18: Game 7 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 5 p.m.; Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 9 p.m.
June 19: Game 9 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 8 p.m.
June 20: Game 10 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m.
June 21: Game 11 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 5 p.m.; Game 12 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 9 p.m.
June 22: x-Game 13 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 5 p.m.; x-Game 14 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 9 p.m. If only one game is necessary, it will start at 8 p.m.

Championship Series

(Best-of-3)
June 24: Game 1 — 8 p.m.
June 25: Game 2 — 8 p.m.
June 26: x-Game 1 — 8 p.m.

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CHEERS . . . to the members of the Peacemakers Alliance and the Cleveland branch of Amer-I-Can who work among young people on some of Cleveland's meanest streets, armed with nothing more than radios, preaching the gospel of calming down and getting along. Credit to the Cleveland Foundation for providing $1.5 million to keep the effort going.

JEERS . . . to the thieves who tore everything of value out of a shabby West Side building that Aaron Pearl and his wife, Lisa Anne Carlini, were striving to turn into an inviting, productive space. What they saw as a future, the thieves saw as so much metal to be ripped out and scrapped. Not surprising, but sad.
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CHEERS . . . to the Kent State University baseball team for its first-ever appearance in the College World Series, which starts Saturday. And a "well done" to KSU alumnus and Browns receiver Josh Cribbs, who bought 53 tickets to Saturday's game against the University of Arkansas and chartered a bus to get fans to Omaha.

JEERS . . . to Michael Priddy Sr., who is headed to prison, having pleaded guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court to gross sexual imposition involving a girl under the age of 13. He was already a registered sex offender, which makes one wonder why he would have been left alone with a child.

TEARS . . . for lawyer and victims advocate Janet Kronenberg, who until her untimely death on June 1 from complications of a stroke exemplified the concept of the private citizen dedicated to public service.

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News Headline: Fresh faces join powerhouses at College World Series | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: Two newcomers join the fray with longtime regulars at the College World Series, which begins today at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Stony Brook, which hails from Long Island, N.Y., and Kent State are making their first trips to the CWS. The Seawolves open at 5 p.m. EDT Friday against UCLA, which swept TCU in the Super Regional last weekend. The Golden Flashes, the first team from Ohio to make the CWS since Ohio University in 1970, open against Arkansas, which eliminated Baylor, at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The rest of the field is filled with Omaha regulars, including two-time defending champ South Carolina, 16-time attendee Arizona and Florida State, which has never won a title in 21 trips.

Arizona (43-17)

Coach: Andy Lopez (11 years/30 overall)

Top pitcher: Junior Kurt Heyer (12-2, 2.28 ERA) is one of three Wildcats pitchers to throw a complete game in the postseason.

Top hitter: Sophomore Johnny Field leads a team with seven starters batting more than .300 with a .383 average and .553 slugging percentage.

Road to Omaha: After sharing the Pac-12 Conference title with UCLA, its first since 1992, Arizona swept through its regional by scoring 47 runs in three games and then swept St. John's.

CWS history: 16 appearances, including three titles (1976, '80 and '86).

Arkansas (44-20)

Coach: Dave Van Horn (10 years/24 overall)

Top pitcher: Ryne Stanek (7-4, 2.91 ERA) is the hottest pitcher on a staff that is tied with Florida for the lowest ERA in the field at 2.90.

Top hitter: Matt Reynolds leads the team with a .338 average, 48 runs, 20 doubles, seven home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Road to Omaha: The Hogs finished tied for second in the SEC's Western Division with a 16-14 record but swept through the Houston Regional with wins over Rice and Sam Houston State and then rallied after losing Game 1 at Baylor to win two one-run games in the Super Regional.

CWS history: Seven appearances, no titles.

Florida (47-18)

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News OCR Text: the razorbacks have made their to omaha and hit the practice field for their saturday matchup with kent state in the college world series ... Andy kendeigh from our sister station in omaha has more on dave van horn's return to nebraska.... (greetings from omaha nebraska and Ameritrade Park each of the 8 teams had a chance to practice for 50 minutes today including the Arkansas Razorbacks, Dave Van Horn was beloved here even though he left here to go home he's hopi for a happy homecomi... great my family e here was coming here with arkansaisgrt doesn't get t ge i here was great my family coming here with arkansas is great it doesn't get old, it gets better.. Arkansas making their third trip to the cws Arkansas one of 6 tti w lld btoacerica Mike Jacqu foer razorback heacoacd I mean the guy is a legend... Norm debriyn, coached the hogs to 4 college world series appearances and when I talked to him today, I asked him what makes going to omaha so special... (i think it's special because they treat you s gre media is great, the Razorback fans will be there it's going to be one big party) 40/29 in Omaha with the Diamond Hogs (Hogs Logo) Starts Friday Live Reports from the College World Series Follow us on 4029tv.com and on twitter (logo) @jockosports game 2 of the nba finals tonight in oklahoma city... The thunder won game number one... What will tonight bring? Good question... Find out by keeping it locked here on 40/29 ... Pregame at 7:30 game at 8 and your late local news right here on 40/29 after the game... The us open beginning today near san francisco.... Michael thompson is your leader at 4 under, but look who is lurking .. Ts tied for 2nd at 1 under par... Get in my belly... ### ### we'vbeene ollowingatkingewof a n fattugh yee ws. Ca aftethe eak we'll have a live look at the scene. And coming up tonight on 40-29 news at ten, pretending to be 21-yrs-os t ea to find and the co getting more creative. fr f china. some of the them, thendHA e or how lawoc enforcement is staying one step ahead tonighaten. T

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News Headline: Gamecocks Continue Focus On CWS Opener | Attachment Email

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The College World Series opens Friday with upstart Stony Brook facing No. 2 national seed UCLA in the opener and two-time defending national champion South Carolina playing 2011 runner-up Florida at night.

Stony Brook's players have been getting the rock-star treatment since their stunning super-regional victory at LSU. They'll undoubtedly be the fan favorites.

Stony Brook coach Matt Senk has told his players to enjoy their new celebrity - and then be ready to show up and play ball.

South Carolina overcame losses in five of its first six Southeastern Conference games to make it back to Omaha. The Gamecocks have lost three of four to the Gators this season.

Another first-time CWS team, Kent State, plays Saturday against Arkansas. The other game Saturday matches Arizona and Florida State.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The College World Series opens Friday with upstart Stony Brook facing No. 2 national seed UCLA in the opener and 2-time defending national champion South Carolina playing 2011 runner-up Florida at night.

Stony Brook's players have been getting the rock-star treatment since their stunning super-regional victory at LSU. They'll undoubtedly be the fan favorites.

Stony Brook coach Matt Senk has told his players to enjoy their new celebrity - and then be ready to show up and play ball.

South Carolina overcame losses in 5 of its first six Southeastern Conference games to make it back to Omaha. The Gamecocks have lost 3 of 4 to the Gators this season.

Another first-time CWS team, Kent State, plays Saturday against Arkansas. The other game Saturday matches Arizona and Florida State.

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News Headline: Best bet on the Tube | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: South Carolina is going for three straight national titles and Florida is the No. 1 seed. Yet all the talk at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., is about Stony Brook and Kent State. Now that these upstarts have crashed the party, what will they do? The Seawolves of Stony Brook have received rock-star treatment since their super-regional victory at LSU and undoubtedly will be the fan favorites when they open today ( 2 p.m. on ESPN2) against No. 2 national seed UCLA (47-14). “People just want to hang out with us for some reason,” center fielder Travis Jankowski said Thursday. “I don't know why. They just love us.” – AP

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News OCR Text: K.D. K.D. k. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . >> Mike yam and steve weissman with you. On "sportscenter" right now, round one of the U.S. open. Tiger's started on the ninth tee. Mickelson running into trouble right off the bat. Drive goes into the trees. Doesn't really appear to land on the ground. Not a good thing. >> No. >> Everyone searching for the ball. No luck for lefty. Of course he's got to walk all the way back to the tee box. After landing that ensuing drive on the fairway, mickelson using the iron to get on the green. Get this, he's got so much game that he's able to salvage a bogey. It did get worse for him. All eyes on tiger woods, faring better on nine. Long birdie chance for him. Oh, look at the break. Just missing that one. He'd tap-in for par coming off that exciting win at the memorial. Speaking of exciting wins, bubba watson, your masters winner, falling short here. This is the round that bubba would love to forget. Seven bogeys, a double bogey, and just one birdie for watson. Take you back to phil mickelson in this opening round. It's been nothing short of disastrous for him. Phil would bogey his first three holes. He'd bogey five of his first seven overall. Bogey, bogey, bogey. That's not usually what you expect from phil. To 18 now, watson, forced shot from outside -- fourth shot from outside the green. Oh, boy, that really hurts. Take you book to tiger woods now. Birdie opportunity for him. Able to eye that one and sink it. He'd move to one under. He's even here on four. Another birdie opportunity. And woods buries that one as well. That's a long birdie putt. This is when tiger's at his best, when he's on the green, able to bury these types of putts, nearly unstoppable. Did bogey his last hole on 16. So through 16 right now, tiger woods at one under. He's two shots back of michael thompson, the american, who is now three under. He's on 17. Six birdies and three bogeys for thompson in his round. Getting back to tiger here, 15 majors played since tiger's last major win. >> Cinderella lives in omaha. Stony brook making its first trip to the big show. Content state, the first ohio school there in 42 years. Here's their coach. >> We've got a very good ball club. We feel like we belong here. We played a very good kentucky team in our regional, and beat them twice. So I think we've proven that we do belong here and we're proud to be here. I think people will enjoy watching us play. We're just a bunch of dirtbags, kids that play the game hard. We don't necessarily look like we belong in a uniform. We've got a couple guys that might look like batboys instead of three-hole hitters, but they play the game. >> Do you feel you're not getting as much love as you deserve or do you feel like -- or do you feel like that could work to your advantage, that everybody's over there with stony brook? >> We're getting all the love we need, trust me. Northeast ohio and western pennsylvania, we're getting all the exposure we need. I'm thrilled for stony brook. The thing I'm most thrilled about, they're in the other bracket. Let them be in the other bracket, let us be in this bracket. I'm thrilled for them. Watching them play, we all saw them play. They're really good. >> What a championship series it could be if they meet up. Stony brook and kent state making their first-ever world series appearances. Catch both teams on the espn network starting tomorrow.

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News Headline: 2012 CWS: No More 0-For-Omaha Questions For Van Horn | Attachment Email

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FAYETTEVILLE — There was one question Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn didn't have to answer again during Wednesday's press conference in Omaha.

Why hasn't he been able to win a game at the College World Series?

It was a popular topic earlier in his career, when Van Horn went two-and-out during three trips with Nebraska (2001 and 2002) and Arkansas (2004). But the Razorbacks ended Van Horn's 0-for-Omaha drought in 2009, going 2-2 during their stay. His first win came in the opener against Cal State Fullerton.

“It's never about me,” Van Horn said. “I hope it's not about me. I hope it's about us playing good. But I'm glad that's over. That was a big relief beating Fullerton.

“I'm glad we're going back,” Van Horn said. “When you're there, you've got a chance. Anything can happen.”

Serrano Moving In?

Freshman Joe Serrano has been impressive in the postseason, going 7-for-14 (.500) at the plate. But Van Horn has started Serrano in just three games, batting the right-hander when a left-handed pitcher is on the mound.

Van Horn indicated that may change this week, hinting Serrano could start in the outfield in place of slumping starter Derrick Bleeker (.255, 6 home runs, 23 RBIs).

“I think I'm probably going to play him no matter what,” Van Horn said. “He doesn't have the arm that Bleeker does. As far as running and catching it, Bleeker just has more experience. We recruited Serrano as an infielder. He was a hitter. I know he can hit and he's a confident kid.”

SEC Everywhere

Stricklin and Kent State are surrounded by Southeastern Conference teams in the four-team bracket.

The Golden Flashes join South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas in what has been dubbed the “SEC Midwest.”

But Stricklin, whose team beat Kentucky twice in regional play, said they're looking forward to the challenge.

“We've got a very good ballclub,” Stricklin said. “We feel like we belong here. We played a very good Kentucky team in our Regional and beat them twice. So I think we've proven that we do belong here.”

No Changes On Mound

Arkansas will stick to its regular rotation for its first two games in Omaha.

Right-hander DJ Baxendale (7-5, 3.18 earned run average) will start against Kent State. Right-hander Ryne Stanek (7-4, 2.91 ERA) will be on the mound Monday, when the Razorbacks play Florida or South Carolina.

The Arkansas duo combined to pitch just eight innings in the Waco Super Regional. But the rest of Arkansas' staff guided the Hogs to the College World Series, combining to throw 14 scoreless innings to end the week.

Kent State will start senior left-hander David Starn (11-3, 2.21 ERA) against the Razorbacks.

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“It's been a ride this year. This season has been something else. It's been exciting and disappointing a little bit of everything.” — Van Horn during Thursday's press conference in Omaha.

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News Headline: 5 News at 6 PM | Email

News Date: 06/14/2012
Outlet Full Name: 5 News at 6 PM - KFSM-TV
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News OCR Text: breaking news in fayetteville. Police are investigating a possible shooting just off wedington, on boxley avenue. 5news reporter allison woods is live on the scene. She joins us now with the latest. Live in fayetteville, allison woods, 5news. We will keep you udated as details become available. Shots were fired in the same area nine days ago. Four people were arrested in connection to that shooting. The diamond hogs made it to omaha. This morning they hit the field for practice. Saturday they start play against kent state. Today dave van horn spoke to the media about the teams in the series. :00-:18 'if you just look a the statistics for all 8 teams here, the batting averages really vary the home runs vary...one things thats pretty close is that era. All teams are good. They have low eras they can pitch. Field percentages are pretty good. Its a big part of the game.' it's not too late to get into the college world series. The razorback foundation says general admission tickets are still up for grabs. You'll find that info along with all other things diamond hogs on 5news online dot com. Just click on "hogs in omaha in the quick links section at the top of our homepage. And if you want to get your college world series swag on... You'll find these "omahog" t-shirts along with other gear at hog heaven. It's located at bud walton arena. Hours are nine-to-five monday through friday. This year's "rodeo of the ozarks" comes with a surprise for a member of the military. The group announced it's teaming up with homes for wounded heroes. And on july sixth... They're giving away a home worth 250-thousand-dollars to a military family. The night will also include a performance by kix brooks of brooks and dunn. As for the rodeo... It kicks off with a parade at three on july fourth. Garrett's back with another look at your seven day forecast.... Plus... The red, white and blue waves high in fayetteville. We'll take a look at one of today's flag ceremonies.

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News Headline: 5 News at 10 PM | Email

News Date: 06/14/2012
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News OCR Text: neighborhood sends one person to the hospital.. And lands several others behind bars. Five news reporter allison woods joins us live from the newsroom with more. Allison... Daren, police just told us that four people were taken into custody and they are looking for a fifth person, driving a grey isuzu rodeo.. But neighbors say they heard yelling in the street before shots were fired. Around five oclock this evening neighbors on north boxley avenue say they heard mutiple gun shots ... Fayetteville investigators taped off the area finding bullet shell casings in the street. I was on the coach sleeping and taking a little nap and next thing I heard was bang bank bang, I was like whats going on and ran outside, and see someone running down the street down here' but I roll up in the house, went in put the milk in and came out and hear boom, boom, boom . He took off driving that way and he said good I got your tags a group of six guys where out in the street yelling cursing at eachother, pretty much looking like it was going to be a street brawl.. Fayetteville police say they responded to a disturbance at three in the afternoon before the shooting. But neighbors say theres been conflict between the same people involved in the shooting for quite some time that group has been in conflict before though. They have same the deal in the middle of the street yelling, cussing and everything like that and things kind of disperse but, something set it off today apparantely police do not believe the incident is gang related but a conflict between a group of people in the neighborhood. At this time police are not releasing the names of those arrested. Daren... Police say the man injured has non-life threatening injuries. We will continue to keep you updated as you wake up with five news and on five news online dot com. The diamond hogs are in omaha for the world series.. They start play this saturday against kent state... And they could be facing some severe weather.. Chief meteorologist garrett lewis here with a look at our world series forecast. Pitch to news our very own jonathan huskey is in omaha.. Where the hogs had their first practice today.. Coming up a little later we will hear from him and head coach dave van horn. We've also got information on tickets. New at ten.. The oldest veterans of foreign wars post in arkansas is at risk of closing down. Now members are trying to save the van buren historic building. 5news reporter lewis....has the details. "we found it to be such a historical significance to the community." the veterans of foreign wars post in van buren is the oldest v-f-w post in arkansas. They received their charter in 1925. "it's been named after robert jack. He's the first casuality of world war one." but the building is beginning to become run down. "we didn't to see this building and this lot get sold off." the ladies auxillery also uses the bulding. Post quarter master james mansfield says both members are doing everything possible to save it because its more than just a historical building. "it serves our county and own town and it gives us a voice in legislation." the camaraderie also supports veterans health benefits...and assists in other needs. Vfw members say a big part of their service is getting involved in the community. This saturday they'll have a flag ceremony showing you how to properly dispose of an old american flag. Now the post is looking to the community it serves...to help raise money to renovate the building. On the 30th of this month, they'll have a yard sale to kick off fundraising efforts. "we would love donations. It could be monotary. It could be gift cirtificates that we could probably raffle off." "100 percent of it is going to be going right back into the post. As you can see, it needs some repair." supporting our veterans...who will always support our country. In van buren..heather lewis....5news. The proper way to dispose of a flag is to burn it. Members say fire departments will be on hand this weekend to

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News Headline: Kent State to open Quaker Steak and Lube in fall (Roldan) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
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News OCR Text: By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer

Starting this fall, Kent will have a Quaker Steak and Lube to call its own.

The Sharon, Pa.-based restaurant chain with a cult following plans to open a franchise on the lower level of the Kent Student Center on Kent State University's campus.

“The excitement we've seen so far has been overwhelming,” said Richard Roldan, director of Dining Services at KSU. “I know a lot of people who drive to Quaker Steak and Lube as a destination.”

Quaker Steak, home to the famous “Atomic” wing sauce, has locations in Cuyahoga, Mahoning and Stark counties, but the Kent State location will be the chain's first expansion into Portage County.

The restaurant will replace a Damon's Grill, which debuted in the student center in fall 2010.

Roldan said he viewed Damon's time at KSU as a success, but said the university opted to end its relationship with the chain and begin looking for a new partner for the space after several other Damon's franchises closed in Northeastern Ohio.

Before Damon's, a university operated pizza shop called Pete's Arena in the space for many years.

University officials expect Quaker Steak's stint as the tenant of the Kent Student Center basement to last much longer than Damon's two school years.

The university and the restaurant chain have a 15 year contract in place, with a clause that allows each side to reassess the relationship every five years.

Kent State students helped make the decision to bring Quaker Steak and Lube to Kent. Roldan said the positive reaction of focus groups of commuter and resident students, as well as Dining Services' hundreds of student employees, toward the restaurant made it an easy call.

“It was almost unanimous Quaker Steak was the right fit,” he said.

Roldan said the new restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open on Sept. 24, after various design and kitchen elements are updated to suit Quaker Steak's needs.

He said due to a lack of space at the site, the restaurant may not feature every dish and sauce served at other locations.

Quaker Steak and Lube started in 1974 as an automotive-themed “cook your own steak” restaurant. Today it is best known for its chicken wings, and has more than 45 locations in the U.S. and Canada and has been featured on the Travel Channel television show “Man v. Food.”

To contact Thomas Gallick:
Email: tgallick@recordpub.com
Phone: 330-298-1126

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News Headline: Exercise class gives hope to Parkinson's patients | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News. (Ridgel) | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/14/2012
Outlet Full Name: Afro-American Newspapers - Baltimore Edition - Online
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News OCR Text: Health

Originally published June 13, 2012

Exercise class gives hope to Parkinson's patients

by Silvana Ordonez

Before passing the ball to Thu Nguyen, left, Ruth E. Foster, asks her fellow Parkinson's Disease classmates if anybody can dance. Foster said she dances “all kinds of ballroom dancing.” (SHFWire photo by Silvana Ordoñez.)

WASHINGTON _ Thu Nguyen used to walk 5 miles every day, but now she relies on a wheelchair to move around.

Her life changed in 2009, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Symptoms include poor balance, difficulty in walking, tremors, rigidity, slow movement of the body and memory loss.

But five months ago, Nguyen, 68, a retired bank teller from Falls Church, Va., found hope in the weekly exercise class for Parkinson's patients at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

About a dozen others with Parkinson's have benefited from the hour-long class, which began in 2007. The class, free for anyone with the disease, is sponsored by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

"I see the different people that have the same problem. We talk to each other, so it helps with communication," Nguyen said as her head shook left and right, a side effect of her medication. "This class is giving me the hope to be active again."

Nguyen said arm and leg exercises have helped her muscles get stronger.

"I feel energized and I have fun," said Nguyen, whose muscles tighten up, making it difficult for her to move around. "I do whatever I have to do to bring back my mobility, and the class is helping me with that."

Nguyen is one of the approximately a million people in the United States living with Parkinson's, according to the Parkinson's disease Foundation. The disease usually strikes those over age 50. Drug treatment can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.

Speech, physical and occupational therapists teach students in the Georgetown class a series of exercises that target posture, mobility, balance, memory, speech and motor problems, Lisa Ebb, a physical therapist at the hospital, said.

"The goal is to have fun, and hopefully people can learn something in each class," Ebb said. "We work on balance and strength. They learn to be more flexible and safe ways to maneuver when walking and turning."

Several studies suggest that regular exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson's.

Angela Ridgel, an assistant professor of exercise science and physiology at Kent State University , said exercise is crucial for people with Parkinson's.

"With Parkinson's, you have the slowness of movement, so any type of exercise is going to help these patients," said Ridgel, who is leading two research studies on Parkinson's, including one that aims to build a "smart bike" for Parkinson's patients.

With exercise, she said: "You are also going to develop muscle strength. When muscles get stronger, they'll work more efficiently. You'll be able to walk longer without fatigue, and you'll be able to stand up out of a chair more easily."

Ridgel assisted in an earlier study that showed that patients who rode indoor bikes at a fast pace improved their motor skills and mobility.

A variety of exercise classes, including dance and tai chi, are offered around the country to keep Parkinson's patients physically active.

At Georgetown, patients do shoulder rolls, squats and take long steps in different directions to improve weight shifting. They also talk about current events to enhance their memories, Ebb said.

The class is helping to improve Willem Nijhof's symptoms.

"The two times that we've been here now have convinced me that this is just the right thing that I need, so I am very happy I am taking these sessions," Nijhof, 81, of Washington, said. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's a year ago.

Nijhof's speech slurs, his body movements are slow and he falls asleep at inconvenient times.

"I noticed the slurring of language and falling asleep at sessions like visiting friends," Nijhof, a retired World Bank economist, said.

But in his first two classes Nijhof sees a change in his body.

"There is definitely an improvement. It can be attributed to the exercise therapy, including walking," he said. His wife, Rafia Simaan, sitting next to him, encouraged him to speak more clearly and louder. "I feel very comfortable with these sessions, and I hope that I will show more and more progress."

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News Headline: Kent State names new dean for Salem, Liverpool campuses | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
Outlet Full Name: Morning Journal - Online
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News OCR Text: SALEM - Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., has been named dean and chief administrative officer of the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses located in Salem and East Liverpool.

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News Headline: Bill Cosby to perform at Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia; tickets go on sale June 14 | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/14/2012
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News OCR Text: Bill Cosby to perform at Kent State Tuscarawas

in New Philadelphia; tickets go on sale June 14

Published: June 14, 2012 1:00PM

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Cosby, one of America's most beloved comedians of all time, will perform at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia on Aug. 24 at 7:30...

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News Headline: Kent State University going solar in July | Attachment Email

News Date: 06/15/2012
Outlet Full Name: Cleveland.com
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News OCR Text: Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:12 PM

(PHOTO) Bryan Yurchiak, of Witchey Lighting Rod Co. of Rittman, makes his way down the roof of the Kent State University Field House between two rows of solar panels earlier this week. Yurchiak checks the spacing of the lighting rods that will protect the $1.5 million array.

KENT, Ohio -- Anybody who doubts Kent State University is a sports powerhouse should visit the Field House at the school's main campus.

A $1.5 million solar array -- the largest at any public university in Ohio -- now covers the building's nearly one-acre roof. The system's 1,716 solar panels, now being installed by Thompson Electric of Munroe Falls, will generate nearly a half-million watts when completed in July.

Solar developer Third Sun of Athens, Ohio, estimates the array will annually generate about 500,000 kilowatt hours. That's enough electricity for 50 homes, or about a third of the power consumed in the Field House and nearby Dix Stadium, said Robert Misbrener, project manager for the Office of the University Architect.

When electrical demand at the Field House and stadium is less, the power flowing off the roof will go into FirstEnergy Corp.'s wires - with a monthly credit back to the school, he said.

Third Sun financed the project and will own the array for seven years, selling the power to the school at a rate higher than FirstEnergy's rate, said Third Sun President Geoff Greenfield. But that rate also buys solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs, that Ohio utility regulators count for every kilowatt-hour generated.

The university will sell the credits to electric utilities which, by law, must buy such credits or face a stiff fine if they fail to generate electricity at their own solar farms.

When the cash from the credits is accounted for, the price of the power should be slightly lower than the utility rate, said Misbrener.

After seven years, the university has the option to buy the system, or it can negotiate a new power purchase contract, he said.

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