Baseball Defeats Ohio University in 10 Innings, 4-2

ATHENS, Ohio – The University of Akron (7-24, 4-6 MAC) baseball team defeated Ohio University (7-25, 3-7 MAC) in a 10-inning affair by a score of 4-2 on Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium in the opening game of a three game Mid-American Conference series.

Freshman JT Brubaker made his team-leading ninth start of the season on Friday. Brubaker pitched 6.1 innings with two earned runs allowed and six strikeouts, but was given a no-decision for his time on the mound.

Brubaker's six strikeouts were a career-high for him. He also has the most strikeouts on the Zips pitching staff with 27 strikeouts on the season.

Akron posted the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Daulton Mosbarger led off the inning with a walk, which was followed up on a single by shortstop Matt Rembielak.

Devan Ahart then reached on a fielder's choice to plate Mosbarger for the first run of the game. Ahart earned an RBI on the play, pushing his season RBI total to 10.

The Ohio Bobcats knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle, but the Zips fought back quickly with a run of their own in the top of the fourth.

Joey Havrilak led off the fourth inning with a triple to center field. Senior Jared Turocy then registered an RBI groundout to the first baseman, scoring Havrilak. Havrilak – a native of Washington, Pa. – leads the Akron offense with two triples and 15 runs scored this season.

Following Brubaker's exit in the seventh inning with the game tied at two, the Akron bullpen shutdown the Ohio offense. Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso combined for four scoreless innings of no-hit baseball. Both Fanning and Trecaso logged two innings out of the bullpen.

Along with Trecaso's two innings of work, the senior recorded on strikeout and earned the win. The native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is now 3-1 this season, and has not given up an earned run in a total of 17.1 innings pitched.

"It's the first Friday win for us, and feels good to start the weekend that way," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the game. "JT [Brubaker] pitched well again, with Fanning and Trecaso holding OU in check."

In the top of the 10th inning, Mosbarger registered a base knock after James Sheltrown reached base on a fielding error by the Ohio shortstop. Sheltrown scored on the play.

Rembielak then drove in the Zips fourth and final run of the game on an RBI single up the middle, scoring Mosbarger.

Trecaso worked a scoreless bottom of the 10th, which included a spectacular diving grab by Ahart.

"Ahart made an unbelievable catch in center field, diving to the base of the wall to end the game," Head Coach Rembielak said. "Without it, one run scores with the tying run in scoring position."

Akron and Ohio will continue the three game series on Saturday with a 3 p.m., scheduled first pitch. Freshman John Valek III is the Zips probable starting pitcher. 

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