Kent State junior Jason Bagoly, whose mother died last week, traveled back home Tuesday to attend funeral services. But he could be back before Kent State’s 11 a.m. elimination game concludes.
It’s just another chapter in a touching tale of incredible tragedy for Bagoly — whose mom, Cheryl McHenry, died unexpected Thursday.
Bagoly chose to remain with the team after receiving the devastating news. Four days later, the designated hitter went 2-for-3 with a double in a 5-4 win over Florida. He left Omaha after that game (perhaps the best of his career on Monday), but will fly back Thursday morning.
He’s set to arrive around 1:20 p.m., according to coach Scott Stricklin. Kent State will play South Carolina at 11 a.m. Thursday after the game was postponed due to inclement weather Wednesday night.
“He’ll be back with us,” Stricklin said. “He’ll probably come rolling in about the eighth inning. A good story brewing here, that’s for sure. … That lifted our guys’ spirits up. They’re disappointed we’re not playing (Wednesday), but getting their teammate back (Thursday) is a big deal for them.”
Stricklin said he’s traded texts with Bagoly, who’s traveling with a KSU athletic department administrator. “He’s doing as good as you can under the circumstances,” Stricklin said.