DeKALB, Ill. – Freshman Pat Dyer threw a complete game six-hitter to lead Akron baseball to an 8-1 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday at McKinzie Field.
Dyer (3-1) allowed just one run, striking out seven and walking one. Sophomore Tyler Begun and redshirt freshman Devan Ahart each had three hits to lead Akron (10-16, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) at the plate. Redshirt freshman Joey Havrilak and sophomore Brady Stewart each drove in two.
"Pat Dyer had an outstanding outing today," first-year Akron coach Rick Rembielak said. "He threw first-pitch strikes all day long. His slider was very good and his change-up was excellent. He pitched free and easy and this was by far his best outing of the season."
Tony Manville took the loss for NIU (7-20, 1-4) after allowing four runs in five innings. Jeff Zimmerman had two hits and an RBI.
Begun produced the first run of the game when he drove in Havrilak with a single to left in the top of the first. Havrilak had reached on an infield hit and moved to second on a wild pitch.
The Zips extended their lead to 3-0 with a two-run second. Sam Watkins was hit by a pitch, Samuel Trecaso singled, and Darius Washington walked to load the bases with nobody out. After a Jared Turocy strikeout, Watkins scored on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Rembielak. Trecaso then scored on another Manville wild pitch.
Turocy singled to lead off the fifth and then stole second. Ahart then drove Turocy in with a single through the right side to give UA a 4-0 lead.
"We capitalized on a lot more of our opportunities with guys in scoring position," Rembielak said. "We continue to preach the need for quality at-bats to the guys, and we need to have that up and down the line-up."
The Huskies would break the shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Jamison Wells led off the frame with a walk and stole second. Wells then scored on a two-out single by Zimmerman.
Stewart's two-run single in the seventh made it a 6-1 game. The hit scored Ahart and Begun – who had both reached on infield singles and advanced on a passed ball. Havrilak's two-run single in the eighth pushed the Akron lead to 8-1. Ahart and Rembielak scored on the play after both striking singles.
"We need to come out and execute on the mound and at the plate in tomorrow's rubber match," Rembielak said.
Akron looks to win the series in tomorrow's finale. First pitch is at 2:05 EDT.