Baseball Aided by Extra-Base Hits in 5-4 Win Over Youngstown State

NILES, Ohio – The University of Akron (5-21) baseball team edged out Youngstown State University (7-20) by a score of 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Eastwood Field.

Freshman Michael Steensen made the start at pitcher, and earned the win for the Zips. Steensen tossed 5.0 innings with two strikeouts and one earned run allowed, to earn his first win of the season. His record improved to 1-1 with the win.

Senior Samuel Trecaso earned the save for UA, after working scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. Trecaso now has two saves this season, and has not allowed an earned run 11.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.

The Akron offense started with a blast against Youngstown on Wednesday, as Jared Turocy roped a two-run homer to right field in the top of the second inning. Turocy's home run was the Zips seventh of the season, and the first of Turocy's collegiate career. Also, his second inning home run extends his hitting streak to seven games.

UA followed up the two-run second inning with another two-run inning in the third. Joey Havrilak led off the inning with a single to right, and was quickly scored in the next play on a triple by Matt LaRocca, to give Akron a 3-0 lead.

LaRocca's triple continues his consecutive game hit streak, which now stands at nine games. The sophomore's triple was his second extra-base hit in the past two games.

Turocy recorded his third RBI of the day by driving in LaRocca from third base on a sac fly to centerfield. The senior from Canfield, Ohio now has six RBI this season.

Akron added their fifth run of the game in the sixth inning, after freshman Billy Salem ripped an RBI single to center, plating Kris Simonton. Salem's RBI was the first of his collegiate career.

The Zips will return home for a three game series against the Miami University RedHawks beginning on Friday at 3 p.m., on Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field. Links to live stats and a video stream will be available on the Akron baseball schedule page