ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Akron (0-1) baseball team fell to No. 21 Georgia Tech (1-0) on Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium by a score of 3-0.
The Zips received a strong start from sophomore Jon Pusateri in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. Pusateri pitched 4.1 innings with four strikeouts, and allowed one earned run.
John Valek came out of the bullpen in relief of Pusateri in the fifth inning with the score 2-0. The freshman southpaw, Valek, tossed 3.2 innings with one earned run allowed and struck out one batter.
UA was stymied on offense due to the starting performance of Georgia Tech's Buck Farmer, who registered 14 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work.
Despite the impressive outing for Farmer, Akron tallied a total of four hits. Brady Stewart, catcher, recorded two base hits for Akron, while the other two hits were split between Grant Alvarez and Joey Havrilak.
Akron will play the second game of this opening weekend three game series on Saturday at 2 p.m., at Russ Chandler Stadium. Sophomore Pat Dyer will be the starting pitcher for Akron tomorrow, and he will be matched up with Georgia Tech's Dusty Isaacs.