LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The University of Akron baseball team was clipped by Southern California Saturday afternoon by a final score of 10-2.
Joey Havrilak led UA (0-5) with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Havrilak drove in both Akron runs with a second-inning home run, the first of his Akron career. Sam Watkins went 3-for-4 and Tyler Begun collected a pair of hits for UA.
"It was good to see guys like Sam Watkins and Joey Havrilak have good days at the plate after we have been scuffling a bit to start the season," UA coach Rick Rembielak said. "We are starting to string together hits, but are still striking out a bit too much."
Myles McVeigh (0-2) was given the loss on the mound. McVeigh allowed six runs on five hits in 4-plus innings.
"We are not executing well enough on the mound," Rembielak commented. "We are not getting ahead of hitters and when we do get ahead we are struggling to put guys away."
Ben Mount went seven innings to record the win for USC (6-0). Kevin Swick hit 3-for-4 and Garrett Stubbs drove in a pair to lead the Trojans at the plate.
USC wasted little time in taking a lead, scoring a pair of runs in the first. Matt Foat legged out an infield single to load the bases with one out. Kevin Roundtree then drove in Adam Landecker with a sac fly to center. Swift then doubled in Alex Sherrod, before McVeigh struck out James Roberts to end the inning.
Havrilak tied the game with his blast in the top of the second. Watkins had singled in the at-bat before to set the stage. USC regained a one-run lead in the bottom of the second on the first of two RBI groundouts by Stubbs.
Stubbs drove in the Trojans' fourth run in the fourth with another RBI groundout. Sherrod homered off McVeigh to lead of the fifth and USC then plated two more runs off reliever Pat Dyer to take a 7-2 lead. The Trojans then stretched out the advantage with a three-run seventh.
"Overall, we had a much better approach today than we did yesterday," Rembielak said. "We are really looking forward to getting back out here tomorrow and building strongly off today."
The Zips and Trojans finish up their series tomorrow at Dedeaux Field. First Pitch is set for 4 p.m. EST.