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College World Series 2012: Kent State Beats Florida, Stays Alive

The Kent State Golden Flashes avoided elimination in the 2012 College World Series on Monday night, beating the Florida Gators 5-4 in Omaha.

The Golden Flashes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and led 5-1 after four. Florida rallied back to make it 5-4 after seven and that's how it would end.

George Roberts went 2-for-4 with two RBI's for Kent State. David Lyon went 3-for-5.

Ryan Bores got the win for the Golden Flahes, pitching six innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He struck out two. Josh Pierce earned the save.

It was win or go home for both teams, as Florida lost its first game to the defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks in an upset on Saturday night. The Golden Flashes lost their game 8-1 on Saturday to the Arkansas Razorbacks. The No. 1 nationally ranked Gators stunningly find their season over. It's the second time in 13 years that the top seed didn't win a single game in Omaha.

With the win, Kent State's next game is Wednesday. The Golden Flashes will face the loser of the South Carolina/Arkansas game on Monday.

Read more about the College World Series and Kent State's quest for a national championship at our StoryStream and SB Nation Cleveland.

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