ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Akron (0-3) baseball team dropped the final game of the opening three game series to Georgia Tech (3-0) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday afternoon in Russ Chandler Stadium.
JT Brubaker was the starting pitcher for the Zips, which was his first collegiate pitching appearance. The freshman Brubaker went 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and five earned runs allowed. Brubaker's record now stands at 0-1 with the loss.
The Zips took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second against the Yellow Jackets off a solo home run by Joey Havrilak. Havrilak's homer gave the Zips their first lead of the season, and was his second homer in his collegiate career.
Brady Stewart continued his strong offensive start with a double and an RBI in three at-bats. Stewart has hit safely in the first three games of the season for Akron.
The UA lineup was shaken up for the afternoon game, as Daulton Mosbarger batted leadoff in place of Tyler Begun. Mosbarger responded to the challenge with two base hits, one stolen base and one run scored.
The Akron bullpen performed admirably following the exit of starter Brubaker. The bullpen of Matt LaRocca, Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso registered a total of 3.2 innings with two strikeouts and no runs allowed.
Akron's next opponent will be No. 22 University of Louisiville on Saturday February 22, at 3 p.m., set to begin at Louisville, Ky.