WATCH: Kent State Baseball Named Collegiate Athlete of the Year

After a trip to the College World Series, the Golden Flashes baseball team beat out the football team for the honor at the 2012 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

After such an amazing season that ended in the College World Series, it is no surprise that the Kent State baseball team is still gaining recognition.

The Golden Flashes won the Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award Thursday night at the 2012 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

The baseball team beat out both the Akron Zips soccer team and Kent State's football team.

Coach Scott Stricklin received the award along with four of his players, including David Lyon, Jimmy Rider, David Starn and Nick Hamilton. All four were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

The Flashes dominated the Mid American Conference last season winning both the regular season and MAC Tournament Championships. The team blew through the Gary Regionals and then won the Eugene Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.

There they beat the top-ranked Florida Gators in an elimination game but were later knocked out by South Carolina, the defending champions.

The team's 47 wins was the most in program history.

The football team made its first bowl game in 40 years this past season after finishing 11-2, losing to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game.

In the GoDaddy.com Bowl the Flashes fell to Arkansas State, 17-13.


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