AKRON, Ohio – A four run sixth inning and a strong effort on the mound propelled Akron baseball to a 5-2 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday at Canal Park.
Senior Danny Fawcett (2-1) picked up the win, pitching two innings of relief and allowing one run. Starter Tyler Smith took a no-decision, allowing one run on three hits in five innings. Scott Foster pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first career save.
Russ Harless allowed five runs in six–plus innings to take the loss for YSU (3-20).
The Penguins got on the board in the second by stringing together two hits and a walk. Dan Hurlimann sent a liner down the right field line for a one-out double and then scored on Phil Lipari's two-out single to right center three batters later.
UA tied the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth. Devan Ahart singled up the middle and stole second to start the frame. After Tyler Begun and Stewart were both hit by pitches, Samuel Trecaso hit a one-out liner off the glove of first baseman David Leon. Leon recovered to step on the bag at first and then fired across the diamond to get Begun as he advanced to third. Ahart had scored prior to Begun being tagged out, however, to knot the game at 1-1.
The Zips batted around in the sixth, scoring four runs to take the lead. Ahart drew a leadoff walk and Havrilak reached on a bunt single. Begun and Stewart then laced back-to-back doubles to left. Begun's shot scored Ahart, while Stewart's plated both Havrilak and Begun. Watkins then ripped an RBI single through the left side to give UA a 5-1 lead.
YSU grabbed one back in the seventh. Lipari led off with a fly ball to left that the wind grabbed and took away from Kurt Gamby for a double. After Leon walked and the two baserunners moved up on a sacrifice bunt, Lipari scored on a Drew Dosch groundout to second.
Akron returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend, traveling to Northern Illinois for a three game series. The set kicks off on Friday at 4:05 p.m. EDT.