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College World Series 2012: Former Kent State Players Excited About Team's Run To CWS, According To Report

Some storied Kent State baseball players of yesteryear have closely followed the team's run to the 2012 College World Series, according to Bill Lubinger of the Plain Dealer.

Among those quoted in the article is Steve Stone, now more famous as a broadcaster but who was previously a pitcher who graduated in 1970 and went on to have an 11-year career in the majors.

Stone, currently a broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, had this to say of his alma mater:

"It's nice. It's nice to see," Stone said, "and this, of course, is one of the real exciting things to anyone who was associated at all with Kent State University. I'm very excited for the boys and for coach Stricklin."


"It reminds me a little bit of the Baltimore teams I played on," he said, "because if you broke out the rosters man for man, we weren't as good as some, but we played as a team."

Former Kent State players Gene Michael, Rich Rollins and Dirk Hayhurst are also quoted in the article.

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