Baseball Shows Resiliency in 10-9 Walk-Off Victory Over Miami

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (6-23, 3-6 MAC) baseball team defeated Miami University (14-13, 7-2 MAC) by a score of 10-9  - a 14 inning affair - via walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon in the series finale of the three game Mid-American Conference series at Lee R. Jackson Field.

The Akron offense started hot on Sunday afternoon, as six runs scored in the bottom of the first inning.  Daulton Mosbarger led off the inning with a walk, which was followed up by a Matt Rembielak single to right field.

Devan Ahart ripped a single to left field, plating Mosbarger for the first run of the game. Ahart went on to score after Brady Stewart reached base on a fielding error by the Miami third baseman to bring the score to 2-0.

Freshman Kris Simonton singled in the next Zips run of the game, which scored Jared Turocy on the play to give the Zips a 3-0 lead.

Cale Giddings continued the rally following Simonton with a two-RBI single to left, which was followed up by an RBI double by Billy Salem down the left field line. Salem's double was the last hit of the first inning rally, and gave UA a 6-0 lead heading into the second inning.

Sophomore Pat Dyer made the start at pitcher for UA, and turned in 2.2 innings pitched with five hits and three earned runs allowed. Dyer had a no-decision in the victory.

Dyer's outing allowed the RedHawks to get back in the game, as Miami totaled one run scored in the second and five runs in the third. While only three of those runs were earned, the southpaw's day was done in the third inning.

However, Matt LaRocca pitched spectacularly out of the bullpen in relief of Dyer. The native of Stony Brook, N.Y., logged 6.1 innings pitched with zero earned runs allowed and five strikeouts. LaRocca would also have a no-decision in the win.

The game stayed tied at six until the sixth inning, when Akron took a 7-6 lead on a run scoring groundout by Rembielak. Miami tied the game again in the eighth inning with an RBI double to center.

The score would remain tied through the 13th inning, as Samuel Trecaso was able to quell the Miami offense through 4.0 innings with three strikeouts and zero earned runs allowed.

Miami broke the 7-7 tie in the 14th inning, as two unearned runs would score in the inning to give Miami a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom half of the 14th inning.

With the Zips down to their final outs in the 14th inning, Rembielak led the inning off by reach on a fielding error. Ahart then doubled to left centerfield to put runners on second and third with no outs.

Following a pop out by Havrilak, Turocy ripped a two-RBI triple to right to tie the game in the 14th inning.

Bryan White came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded, with Turocy still standing at third base. White roped a single through the left side to complete the 14th inning rally, and gave the Zips their first walk-off victory of the season.

In total, the Akron offense banged out 16 hits, eight RBI, six walks, and 10 runs scored. Leading the Zips in hits was Ahart with three hits. Turocy and Giddings tied for the team-lead in RBI with two on Sunday.

Akron's next game is scheduled for Wednesday, when the squad will take on Canisius in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., at Lee R. Jackson Field. Admission is free to all Akron home games.

Links to live stats and a video stream will be made available through GoZips.com

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