Former Hudson High School standout Eric Wentz recently saw his first action as a member of the Kent State University baseball team and made quite an impression on head coach Jeff Duncan.
Wentz, a sophomore, played in all three games at Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, including two starts, and batted .571 with two doubles, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
"Wentz really sparked us," Duncan said. "We talk about being prepared for your opportunity. He did not play in our first four games in Florida, then he comes in to pinch hit (last) Friday and bang, gets a base hit right out of the gate. Then he got his chance to be in the lineup on Saturday and was a difference-maker in the whole game."
Wentz started in right field and went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI to help the Golden Flashes (4-3) defeat Florida Gulf Coast 9-2. He added a run-scoring double in Sunday's 4-0 triumph.
Wentz lettered as a junior at Hudson, then started his collegiate career at Indiana Wesleyan University before transferring to Kent State last year.
"I saw him his senior year in high school. He was playing at Schoonover Stadium for his travel team, Release Baseball," Duncan said. "I drew to him. I asked his coach where he was going to play collegiately and he said he was going to Indiana Wesleyan, a very good NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program. A year later, he decided he wanted to transfer and he called me and said he wanted to try to make the team. I told him to come on board.
"He had to sit out last year, then had a good fall. He's an explosive athlete that can really run. He got his opportunity and did a lot with it, so he'll continue to get more."