KENT-- Kent State flashes may have lost their first game in the College World Series, but fans aren't giving up on the team.
At Water Street Tavern, all eyes were on the game as history played itself out. Their show of support for the Kent State Flashes was heightened, even by college town standards.
"I mean it's the college world series it's the pinnacle of college baseball," said alum Matt Wilson. That pinnacle drew quite the crowd of alum along with other flash fans, who were happy to see their team, for the first time within reach of a championship win. "It's exciting it's another win for the flashes," said Paige Patton.
As exciting as it was, the game got off to a slow start keeping fans on the edge of his seat. The flashes played hard, but in the end were defeated by Arkansas, 8-1.
The spirit of Kent State fans was anything but defeated. "We're still in this thing until you've eliminated you're in the tournament," Wilson.
Fans took comfort knowing that there's still one more game to go. Also taking a lot of pride in knowing that out of all the teams that played, they were one of the 8 that made it.
"I'm happy that we even got there in the first place for a MAC team that's never been before," said Rick Myers who firmly believes "there's always a chance."
Kent State plays again on Monday at 5 p.m. against either South Carolina or Florida. If Kent State wins, they will progress in the series. If they lose, they will be eliminated. Either way, they will have made history said fans.