The Road to Omaha doesn't begin in the spring; coaches already are driving their players toward the College World Series. It's the rise-n-grind that players tweet about; it's the workout pictures that are shared on social media. It's the day-in, day-out work that coaches and players hope will separate their team in June. Before the first pitch in February, NCAA.com is highlighting teams that may reach the Mecca of college baseball: Omaha.

Kent State Golden Flashes
• 2014: 36-23 (16-11 Mid-American)
• Head coach: Jeff Duncan (second year)
Golden Flashes' team website

1. What can fans expect from this squad in 2015? Great pitching and athleticism with the Golden Flashes in another championship hunt.

2. What is the one thing that this year’s team does best? Pitching.

3. Bottom of the ninth, tied game, two outs, winning run on second … which player does this team want to step up to the plate? Senior outfielder Alex Miklos.

4. If this team had one game to win, which pitcher would get the ball? Junior right-hander Nick Jensen-Clagg.

5. Who are we most likely to see make a "SportsCenter Top 10" play on this squad? Sophomore infielder Zach Beckner.

6. What does Omaha mean to this team? Everything. It is the goal in sight every season.

-- Assistant Director Athletic Communications Mollie Radzinski & Radio Broadcaster Ty Linder

TOP RETURNING HITTERS
PLAYER AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Alex Miklos .362 46 177 44 64 18 7 3 36
Zarley Zalewski .351 58 222 38 78 16 2 2 42
Zach Beckner .252 47 135 29 34 5 1 1 21
TOP RETURNING PITCHERS
PLAYER ERA W-L SV IP H ER BB K B/AVG.
Andy Ravel 2.78 3-1 0 35.2 27 11 14 31 .216
Eric Lauer 3.26 8-4 0 80.0 58 29 36 64 .204
Nick Jensen-Clagg 4.50 5-2 0 84.0 87 42 18 73 .264