UA Baseball Uses Big First Inning To Rout Pitt, 12-4

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The University of Akron baseball team would touch up Pittsburgh starter Luke Curtis for six runs in the first inning and cruise to a 12-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Devan Ahart led the UA (3-8) onslaught with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, to go with three runs scored, two RBIs, and three stolen bases. Four other Zips had multi-hit games, with Samuel Trecaso driving in a team-high three runs.

"Devon is swinging very well and he is certainly a great base-stealing threat," first-year Akron coach Rick Rembielak said. "He has the makings of being a great table-setter for us."

Freshman starter Pat Dyer went six innings and allowed just one earned run to pick up his first career win. The southpaw scattered eight hits to lead Akron to its second straight victory.

"Pat Dyer had a much better outing today then he did his first time out," Rmebielak said.

Anthony DeFabio led Pittsburgh (6-7) with a two-hit game. Curtis took the loss after only pitching the first inning.

The Zips batted around in the top of the first and capitalized on three walks by Curtis. Tyler Begun drove in Ahart with a double to left to start the scoring. Sam Watkins followed the Begun hit with an RBI single, and Dan Burant also singled home a run in the frame. Ahart would cap the big inning with two-run single up the middle.

"We set a very good tempo immediately in the first inning by putting up a big number," Rembielak said. "We squared up a ton of balls today and I was very pleased with how our guys swung the entire game."

UA scored another pair of runs in the second on back-to-back RBI singles by Brandon Winter and Brady Stewart. The runs capitalized on back-to-back Panther errors that started the inning.

Trecaso drove in the first of his three RBIs with a single that scored Ahart in the third. Trecaso would also drive in runs in the seventh and the ninth. Sam Watkins also drove in a run in the third with a double to left.

Dyer teamed with fellow freshmen Jason McPeek and Matt Gebacz to limit the Panthers to just single runs in the first, third, seventh, and eighth. The trio would strand a combined five Pitt runners in scoring position.

Akron continues its Florida trip and looks for its third straight win tomorrow with a 12:00 p.m. game against Seton Hall at North Charlotte Regional Park.