AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron baseball team scored six two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-3 win over Ball State on Saturday at Canal Park.
UA has now won five of its last seven games, moving to 8-13 overall and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference Play.
Freshman Pat Dyer (2-1) turned in an outstanding start on the mound, blanking the Cardinals for 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and striking out five. All nine hitters in the Akron line-up recorded a hit, with senior Dan Burant collecting a pair of knocks.
Ball State (3-14, 0-2), who scored all three runs in the top of the ninth, got multi-hit outings from T.J. Weir and Cody Campbell. Weir (0-5) took the loss on the mound, allowing five earned in 5.2 innings.
Dyer kept Ball State at bay throughout the game and stranded runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In the fourth, the Cardinals had runners on second and third, but Dyer sat down Campbell to end the frame. The rookie southpaw struck out Dominic Cantazarite in the sixth with Cardinals on first and second and then pitched around a lead-off double by Campbell in the seventh.
After tallying just three hits through the first five innings, the UA bats came alive in the sixth. The Zips struck for seven hits – all singles - and six runs in the frame with all six scores coming with two outs. Begun started the onslaught with a one-out hit down the line in left and after Sam Watkins flew out to right, the next six batters all connected for singles.
Ball State's comeback attempt started with a lead-off walk by reliever Dan Becks. Campbell would plate the first score with a sacrifice fly to right, and pinch hitter Sean Godfrey drove in two more with a double down the right field line. Becks recovered, getting lead-off man Blake Beemer to foul out to end the game.
Akron looks for the series sweep Sunday at Canal Park. First pitch is at 1 p.m. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live at www.GoZips.com