As the Kent State University Golden Flashes continue to advance in the College World Series as the "Cinderella" pick, there's a big dose of responsibility on the shoulders of Tyler Skulina, the Walsh Jesuit High School alum and his power-pitching that has him starting a do-or-go home game against defending champion South Carolina tonight.
Walsh Warriors baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said Skulina is just the kind of player KSU can count on in this biggest of big-game opportunities as the team continues it's remarkable season and run in the series that included this week's upset 5-4 win over perennial powerhouse and top seed University of Florida.
Kaczmar appeared on WAKR's Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about Skulina and the close ties between his baseball program and the program at Kent State University.
"We're absolutely thrilled...there's a tremendous level of excitement," with the Walsh baseball staff and players Kaczmar said. "He's a power pitcher, a guy who sits in the low 90s. He's been able to refine his velocity and has tremendous down action on his fastball with a devastating fastball."
Kaczmar said the Kent State program's accomplishment is "historic" and not a "flash in the pan" establishing such a strong tradition and program in a northern school.
The Golden Flashes and Gamecocks have a first pitch at 8:00 tonight; the game can be heard on Kent State's athletic website via streaming audio and viewed on ESPN television.