Baseball Tops No. 17 Pittsburgh, 6-1

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (10-31) baseball team defeated No. 17 University of Pittsburgh (32-11) by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday evenng at Charles L. Cost Field.

Freshman Michael Steensen tamed the Panther offense over 5.0 innings pitched, allowing only two hits and one earned run with one strikeout. Steensen earned a no-decision in the win. 

Akron fell into an early 1-0 in the bottom of the first, as Pittsburgh's Stephen Vranka belted a solo homer to left field. The Zips pitching staff would not allow another run following the Panther's first inning.

The score remained at 1-0 until UA plated one run in the fourth to tie the game at one. Following Matt LaRocca's walk, senior Jared Turocy rocked an RBI double to left center.

The Zips lineup took a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning by plating two runners. Devan Ahart led off the inning with a double, which was followed up with a Turocy intentional walk and a Tyler Begun hit-by-pitch.

With the bases full of Zips, Brady Stewart ripped a one-out, two-RBI single up the middle to plate Ahart from third base and Turocy from second.

Akron continued the offensive output in the seventh inning, as UA scored three in the inning. LaRocca notched an RBI single with men on first and second to give the Zips the first run of the inning.

Turocy followed LaRocca with his second RBI double of the evening to left field, his fifth of the season. Stewart again notched a bases loaded RBI, this time on a walk. Stewart now has 11 RBI this season following the win over Pitt.

The Akron bullpen shutdown the Pittsburgh lineup following Steensen's strong start. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso combined for 4.0 scoreless innings on the mound, allowing only four hits and zero walks. Beaver was the pitcher of record for UA, improving his season record to 1-1. 

Overall, the Zips registered 12 base hits in the win over Pitt. Turocy and Stewart led the mob with three hits a piece. Rembielak had the next highest hit total for Akron with two hits, while also scoring one run.

Akron baseball will look ahead to the weekend following the 6-1 victory, as the team is set to host Western Michigan University for a three-game Mid-American Conference series, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.