GARY, Ind. (AP) -- Evan Campbell hit a three-run home run and Kent State held off a Kentucky rally to defeat the Wildcats 3-2 on Sunday night.
The victory gave the Golden Flashes (44-17) their first NCAA regional crown in school history. Kent State will travel to Oregon for the Super Regionals.
Campbell's three-run blast was the first home run in more than 64 innings of play at the U.S. Steel Yard over the weekend.
The championship game was defined by strong starting pitching from both team as Kentucky's Chandler Shepherd and Kent State's Tyler Skulina kept the opposition scoreless through the first seven innings.
The Wildcats (45-18) answered Campbell's three-run home run with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but were unable to complete the rally.