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Kent State Vs. Buffalo, 2012 MAC Baseball Tournament: David Starn Strong As Flashes Cruise In Opener

The first full day of action at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon ended with the No. 1 seed Kent State walloping the No. 8 seed Buffalo. The Golden Flashes came in as the favorites, looking for their fourth straight MAC Tournament title. They're off to a good start after easily cruising to a 9-0 win in the first round against the overmatched Bulls.

David Starn took the mound for Kent State, fresh off being named the pitcher of the year in the conference. There were reportedly several scouts in attendance to take in Starn's appearance, and he lived up to the hype by allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings.

On offense, the Flashes struck early by putting a three-spot on the board against Buffalo starter Cameron Copping. A five-run eighth inning removed all doubt for the top seed. Three players had two-RBI nights, including Sawyer Polen who went a perfect four-for-four at the dish.

The Bulls now have to turn around and play the first game of the day tomorrow against Ohio at 12:30 p.m. ET while Kent State will face Western Michigan at 4 p.m.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.