After an amazing post-season runt hat say the Golden Flashes reach the College World Series for the first time ever several Kent State players are earning some well deserved post-season honors. Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider was the first, earning a first-team All-America nod from Baseball America:
Rider is one of eight seniors in the country to garner such honors and is the first Kent State student-athlete to be named to the first team in program history. Mike Gulan (third baseman, 1992) and Emmanuel Burriss (shortstop, 2006) garnered Second Team honors from Baseball America.
Catcher David Lyon has also earned post-season honors, being named a second team All-American for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award:
Lyon is joined on the Second Team by Jacksonville State pitcher Todd Hornsby, Kentucky third baseman Thomas McCarthy, Louisiana State shortstop Austin Nola and Army infielder Zach Price. Florida State outfielder James Ramsey won the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and is joined on the First Team by Clemson catcher/first baseman/outfielder Phil Pohl, South Carolina pitcher/first baseman Michael Roth, Texas A&M pitcher Ross Stripling and Florida infielder/outfielder Preston Tucker.
A total of six players were drafted by Major League Baseball as well.