LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Akron (0-6) baseball team lost the series finale to No. 4 University of Louisville (5-1) by a score of 2-1 on Sunday in a tightly contested pitchers duel at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Freshman JT Brubaker made the start at pitcher for Akron, and turned in a strong pitching performance. Brubaker tossed 7.2 innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. He held Louisville batters to four hits in his time on the mound. The native of New Carlisle, Ohio's record dropped to 0-2.
"JT pitched outstanding ball game and kept a very good offense in check. We played great defense behind him, and today ended up being an overall improvement. The best day of the weekend," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the game.
Louisville took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Akron bounced back to tie the game at one in the top of the second. Senior Jared Turocy singled to right field to score Joey Havrilak from second base. Turocy started his first game of the year on Sunday, and finished the day with one base hit and one RBI.
Six different Zips batters recorded base hits in the contest. The top three batters of the lineup – Daulton Mosbarger, Matt Rembielak and Devan Ahart – each earned base hits. Rembielak's hit was his first of the season, and stopped a stretch of 19 hitless at-bats to open the season. Ahart also stole his second base of the season on Sunday.
Brady Stewart continued to swing the bat well against Louisville. He registered a base hit, which pushes his consecutive game hit streak to six games. Stewart leads Akron in batting average (.381), base hits (7) and on-base percentage (.435).
Akron's next series will be against No. 11 University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The first game of the three game series will be at 4 p.m., on Friday. Kentucky currently holds an overall record of 4-1.
"We're going to continue working to improve in every part of the game. Today's game showed improvements are being made against strong competition. We have another chance at a tough team in Kentucky in the coming weekend," Rembielak said of the day's game.