Overall No. 1 seed Florida unraveled early, and Kent State took advantage and held on for a 5-4 victory to eliminate the Gators from the College World Series on Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Kent State (47-19) used two Florida errors to score four unearned runs through the first two innings, and led 5-1 after five innings.
The Golden Flashes then held off a Gator rally in the final innings, getting relief help from pitchers Brian Clark, Casey Wilson, Michael Clark and Josh Pierce.
Florida loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsmen in the ninth inning, but Pierce struck out Casey Turgeon after falling behind 3-0, and Justin Shafer flied out to right to end the game.
Florida loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh, but scored only two runs, as a double play turned around the inning. The Gators stranded runners at first and second in the eighth inning, and left 12 men on base for the game.
Kent State starter Ryan Bores went six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits in getting the victory. He walked one and struck out two.
Florida starting pitcher Hudson Randall left the game after one inning because he was suffering from heat-related symptoms in the 95-degree weather. He threw 16 pitches and allowed one unearned run.
Reliever Jonathan Crawford allowed three consecutive RBI singles to Jimmy Rider, David Lyon and George Roberts, all coming after an error on third baseman Josh Tobias.
Florida (47-20) entered the CWS ranked seventh nationally in fielding percentage but committed five