CLEARWATER, Fla. – Kent State found itself in another back-and-forth battle that went to extra-innings. Again, Kent State found itself on the short end of the stick.
The Golden Flashes were defeated by Boston University 10-9 in nine innings on Friday at the South Florida Invitational, marking their third consecutive extra-inning loss. The Terriers scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on two walks and an error at shortstop. Later in the evening, No. 20 Oklahoma State topped the Golden Flashes 8-0.
Kent State took a 5-1 advantage into the sixth inning before BU struck. The Terriers rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Erica Casacci began the comeback with an RBI single to center field and April Setterlund followed with a two-run double. Casacci and Setterlund would both score to give the Terriers the lead, but the Flashes responded in the top of the seventh. Alex Marcantonio reached on an error and Jess Carmichael launched a two-run homer to give KSU a 7-6 lead.
Boston came right back with a run of their own in the seventh with a leadoff double followed by an infield error to score the tying run. Each team took advantage of its runner placed on second in the eighth, scoring one run in the frame. Marcantonio singled to left to give the Flashes their third lead of the game at 8-7.
KSU regained the lead once more in the ninth on an RBI single up the middle by Abbey Ledford. Down 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Chelsea Kehr hit a clutch single to score Casacci to tie the game. The Terriers then took advantage of the two walks and the infield error, which led to the winning run scored by Kehr.
Kent State was led by Carmichael, who went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBIs while Lauren Grimes went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Terriers’ Holli Floetker picked up the win after going the last seven innings, giving up eight runs (only three earned) with three walks and eight strikeouts.