OMAHA, Neb. – With Wednesday night’s Kent State-South Carolina College World Series elimination game postponed by rain, the schedule gets complicated.
Kent State and South Carolina will play at noon ET Thursday, with the winner advancing to play Arkansas at 9pm ET Thursday night.
Kent State Coach Scott Stricklin was in favor of the decision to postpone Wednesday night’s game due to uncertainty with the weather. He said Tyler Skulina will still be the starting pitcher Thursday.
Jason Bagoly, one of many unlikely heroes of Monday’s win over Florida, returned to Northeast Ohio on Tuesday for his mother’s funeral but is due to return to Omaha Thursday afternoon.
Stricklin said he hopes to have Bagoly available to pinch hit, but that will depend on flight schedules. He plans to start regular DH Nick Hamilton.
Staff ace David Starn is the presumed starter for a second Thursday game, though the Flashes will use an all hands on deck approach vs. South Carolina, the two-time defending national champion.
The winner of Thursday’s first game will have to beat Arkansas twice — once Thursday night and once Friday night — to advance to the best-of-three championship series, which starts Sunday,
The official decision to postpone Wednesday night’s game came about 90 minutes past the scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Central time. Kent State players stayed busy in the dugout during the delay with games of imaginary baseball and football. Stricklin said a group of players played hangman in the locker room.
“Baseball players are a strange bunch,” he said.
Kent State’s long, strange and magical trip continues — at least for one more morning and afternoon.