March 10, 2013

Baseball Uses Power to Outlast USC Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The University of Akron (1-11) upended USC Upstate (10-4) by a score of 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Harley Park in the finale of the three game series. Akron earned its first win of the season following an 0-11 start.

The Akron offense started quickly once again, as both Matt LaRocca and Tyler Begun connected on home runs early in the first inning, each home run a first of the season. LaRocca hit a two-run blast, while Begun's homerun was a leadoff homer, with both shots good enough for a 3-0 lead to start the game

Right-hander Jon Pusateri was handed the ball at pitcher for the final game against USC Upstate. Pusateri had 5.2 innings pitched with two earned runs allowed and eight strikeouts. Pusateri earned the victory, and his record now stands at 1-3.

Gerrad Rohan and Grant Alvarez added to the thump in the Akron lineup. Rohan registered an ABI double, and Alvarez cranked his first homerun at Akron to increase the Akron lead of 4-2 to 6-2.

"Obviously, it feels very good to get the win. Overall, it was our best game with quality at bats throughout the lineup,and seeing guys drive the ball like Begun, LaRoccca and Alvarez. LaRocca was superb in holding the lead for us," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the game.

Rohan and Joey Havrilak were the only Akron batters to register two base hits in the weekend game. Rohan has a season record of .216 and Havrilak owns a batting average of .286.

USC Upstate battled back for a pair of runs in the first and ninth innings, both two run scoring efforts. Leading Upstate in RBI was Luke Weber, who had one hit on the day.

Akron was avalaible to avoid the sweep at the hands of USC Upstate prior to traveling to Charleston, S.C. for a pair of games against Citadel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Live stats and video links are available through Akron baseball schedule page