Zips Lose Series Opener at Southern California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The University of Akron baseball team lost the opening game of its series at Southern California on Friday night by a score of 12-1.

Starter Andrew Brown (0-2) was the losing pitcher for UA (0-4) after allowing six earned runs in five innings. Brown struck out three and allowed nine hits in the outing. Redshirt freshman Joey Havrilak led the Zips at the plate, going 2-for-4. Senior reliever Danny Fawcett threw two innings of no-hit relief – his second consecutive two-inning, scoreless appearance.

Andrew Triggs pitched eight innings and allowed just four hits to get the win. Matt Foat was one of three Trojans with a pair of hits, while also driving in three and scoring twice.

The Trojans (5-0) grabbed the early lead on Sean Spear's two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the second. Kevin Swick scored on the Spear hit after doubling with one out in the inning.

Back-to-back errors to begin the frame set up a four run third for USC. Adam Landecker first reached on an error by shortstop Matt Rembielak and then moved to second on a failed pick off attempt by Brown. Foat would plate Landecker with a single to left. Swick would tack on an RBI double and James Roberts drove in a pair with a single to give USC a 5-0 lead.

Foat's two run homer in the fourth added on to the Trojans' lead. USC would add five more runs in the eighth off the Akron bullpen.

Akron got on the board in the sixth. Kurt Gamby and Rembielak led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Devan Ahart was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Gamby scored when Tyler Begun grounded into a double-play.

The Zips and USC continue their weekend series tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. EST at Dedeaux Field.