Brown Breaks Career Innings Mark as Baseball Blanks Central Michigan
AKRON, Ohio – Senior pitcher Andrew Brown hurled seven scoreless innings to lead The University of Akron baseball team to a 7-0 win over Central Michigan at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field on Friday, setting the UA record for career innings pitched in the process.
Brown (6-5) scattered eight hits and struck out four in the outing, moving his career innings pitched total to 338.0. Ross Liersemann had previously held the record with 334.0 innings in his career from 2003-06. Senior Danny Fawcett came on to finish out the contest, tossing two innings of no-hit relief.
Zach Cooper (4-4) gave up seven runs in seven innings in a losing effort on the mound for the Chippewas (18-25, 7-9). Cooper had allowed just four earned runs in his first five conference starts prior to Friday. Pat MacKenzie went 3-for-4 at the plate for CMU.
The Zips wasted little time getting to Cooper, batting around to put up six in the bottom of the first. Havrilak started the rally with a one-out double to right center and scored when Sam Watkins's grounder sneaked through the right side. Three straight walks by Cooper then kept the inning moving, with the final free pass forcing home Watkins. Washington's bases-loaded grounder then hopped over Jordan Dean at short to bring in Tyler Begun and Brady Stewart and Rembielak put UA ahead 6-0 by ripping a two-out, two-run single to right center.
Brown did not have his best stuff early, but battled to keep the Chippewas off the board. Back-to-back two-out hits gave CMU a pair of runners in the first, but Brown wrung up Sam Russell to end the frame. Brown would not allow a CMU runner past second all-game long and stranded 10 Chippewa base runners. All eight hits he surrendered came after he had recorded the first two outs of the inning.
Akron added an insurance run with a pair of two-out hits in the sixth. Devan Ahart singled to right and swiped second. Havrilak then sent a matching single to right to bring Ahart in for a 7-0 lead.
Fawcett sat down all six batters he faced to close out the game. The senior righty got good defense from all three UA outfielders, with Jared Turocy making a diving catch in left for the final out in the ninth.
Akron and Central Michigan continue the weekend series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field. Freshman lefty Pat Dyer will take the mound for Akron, with CMU giving the nod to junior Pat Kaminski.
Zips Notebook: Akron shutout an opponent for the fourth time this season. Andrew Brown has been the starter in all four of those games ... Jared Turocy had a 12-game hitting streak snapped.