EUGENE -- Jimmy Rider set a school record with his 100th hit of the season and drove in two runs as Kent State extended its winning streak to 21 games with a 7-6 victory over Oregon to open their NCAA super regional series Saturday night.
Left-hander David Starn scattered four runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings for the Golden Flashes (45-17), who are making their first appearance in a super regional.
Oregon, the No. 5 national seed, scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including one by Southridge High School graduate Andrew Mendenhall on a bases-loaded walk. But the Ducks couldn’t overcome earlier mistakes.
Senior Alex Keudell allowed two earned runs and nine hits over 7 1/3 innings for Oregon (45-18).
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The winner of the best-of-3 series advances to the College World Series starting Friday in Omaha, Neb.
Oregon is making its second trip to the postseason since it reinstated baseball in 2009. The Ducks advanced out of their double-elimination regional for the first time since 1954, when the team made its lone trip to the College World Series.