JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four runs in the final two innings pushed The University of Akron baseball team to an 8-4 victory over Fairfield on Thursday night at Sessions Stadium.
Senior Andrew Brown produced his second quality start of the Florida swing, going 7.0 innings and allowing four runs – with just one being earned – to pick up the win. The Painesville, Ohio product struck out six and allowed just six hits.
"Brown was sharp again tonight," first-year Akron coach Rick Rembielak said.
Dean Sadik went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Fairfield (6-9). Reliever EJ Ashworth allowed two runs in the eighth to take the loss.
Akron plated four runs in a wild sixth inning after the teams were both scoreless through five. Devan Ahart and Tyler Begun drew consecutive walks with one out to start the rally. Ahart then scored from second when first baseman Tyler Wosleger booted Sam Watkins' grounder and pitcher Kyle Capaldo threw the ball away. Begun then scored on a wild pitch to give Akron a 2-0 lead and Trecaso drove in Watkins with a single up the middle. Trecaso scored the final run of the inning, coming home on a passed ball.
The Stags (6-9) rebounded with a four run seventh, capitalizing on two UA errors and a bunt single. Brown got the first out of the inning before walking Billy Zolga and throwing the ball away on a Jack Giannini come backer. Dean Sadik would plate Zolga with a single up the middle. Brown then loaded the bags with a Sal Ciccone and Mike Maschi squeezed home the second run of the inning. Wosleger then singled to right field to plate another run and Ciccone scored on an error by Begun at short.
"Brown got a little tired in the seventh," Rembielak said. "We needed to help him out by making a play to stop the tying run., but couldn't come up with it."
Back-to-back doubles by Trecaso and Kurt Gamby moved the Zips back in front in the eighth. Gamby moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt and then scored on a Dan Burant sacrifice fly to give UA a 6-4 lead.
Ahart extended the Akron lead with his second triple of the season in the ninth. The shot down the right field line drove in Matt Rembielak, who had walked to lead off the inning. Trecaso then made it a four run game with a sac fly.
"It was a good finish by our guys to come back and get the win," Rembielak said.
UA faces North Dakota State tomorrow in Auburndale, Fla. tomorrow at 2 p.m.