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College World Series 2012: Kent State Won't Waste Any Time Working To Get Back To Omaha

The Kent State Golden Flashes' magical run through the NCAA baseball tournament suddenly ended with a loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the College World Series on Thursday. While it may be tough to digest the finality of the season-ending loss after riding high for so long, Kent State manager Scott Stricklin realizes there is no time to look back.

Instead, Stricklin is ready to make up for lost time on the recruiting trail and see if some quality players liked what they saw from the Flashes in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're behind in recruiting right now," head coach Scott Stricklin said after Thursday's elimination from the College World Series. "We'll be on the road very quickly to catch up.

"We're not able to see recruits because we're out here, but recruits have been able to see us. That's the biggest key to coming out here, you're in the limelight, you're on the national stage. And the kids you've been in contact with for the last year have gotten to see us play."

One thing this tournament has proven is that good pitching is critical and Stricklin would like to attract a few fresh arms to join him in Northeast Ohio. He's also looking for help in the outfield and behind the plate to help sustain the current success into the future. After making their run to the CWS in Omaha some of those quality recruits will be looking for Kent State, as well.

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