LAKELAND, Fla. – The University of Akron baseball team ripped off 19 hits to defeat Chicago State 14-5 on Saturday morning at Henley Field.
Tyler Begun, Darius Washington, Brady Stewart, Matt Rembielak and Samuel Trecaso all had multi-hit outings for Akron, as the Zips (5-12) closed out their spring break trip with a win. Begun and Washington both smacked home runs, with Washington driving in a game-high four runs. Trecaso tallied three RBIs and Stewart drove in two.
"With 19 hits, we had a lot of good swings today," first-year Akron coach Rick Rembielak. "We had good approaches throughout the lineup. Tyler Begun continues to swing the bat well. Darius Washington was outstanding and put the barrel on everything he saw. His home run was an opposite field rocket. Samuel Trecaso, Brandon Winter and Matt Rembielak all had good days at the plate as well."
Alex Loftin threw 5.0 innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out four to record the win on the mound for Akron. Dan Becks tossed a solid 3.0 innings and Danny Fawcett closed out the ninth for UA.
Begun started the Zips outburst with a solo home run in the top of the first – his second round tripper of the season
CSU answered right back, scoring three in the top of the first to take an early lead.
The Zips got back in front thanks to a three-run fifth inning. Akron would open the game up from there, scoring six runs over the next four innings to win going away.
"It was good to see us drive in some runs with two outs today, which is something we have been trying to do," Rembielak said.
Akron travels to West Virginia for a double-header on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. UA then hosts Ball State in the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play at Canal Park next weekend.