Baseball Notches Series Opening Win Over WMU, 7-6

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AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (11-31, 7-11 MAC) baseball team defeated Western Michigan University (14-30, 6-13 MAC) in the first game of the three game Mid-American Conference series by a score of 7-6 at Lee R. Jackson Field on Friday afternoon.

Freshman JT Brubaker made the start at pitcher for the Zips, and lasted 4.0 innings on the mound with two earned runs allowed and three strikeouts. Brubaker was given a no-decision in the win.

WMU took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second after scoring two runs on a fielding error by UA. The Broncos would add to their lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth via a two-RBI single.

Junior Brady Stewart cut the deficit to three runs in the bottom half of the fourth with an RBI single to right field, scoring Jared Turocy on the play.

With the score standing at 4-1, Western Michigan struck once again for two runs on a two-RBI single to right field in the top of the fifth. The two runs in the fifth inning would be the last runs to score for the WMU offense.

The Akron offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth. Devan Ahart kickstarted the offense with a two-RBI double down the right field line to score Tyler Begun and James Sheltrown. Matt LaRocca followed Ahart to drive in Matt Rembielak from third base to bring the score to 6-4.

Turocy capped off the four-run fifth inning rally by driving in Ahart from third on a single to the WMU shortstop, which decreased the Western Michigan lead to one.

Freshman Cale Giddings tied the game at six with an RBI single to left field, plating Billy Salem. Giddings now has nine RBI this season in 19 games played.

Following Giddings game-tying single, Stewart notched his second RBI single of the game, this time through the left side of the infield, and gave the Zips the advantage and final score of 7-6. Stewart has five RBI and six hits in the past two games played.

Freshman Zach Beaver notched the win for the Zips, and improved his season record to 2-1. Beaver lasted 3.0 innings on the mound without allowing a run and striking out two batters.

Senior Samuel Trecaso worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his third save of the season Trecaso leads all Akron pitchers in ERA at 0.74 over 24.1 innings pitched this season.

Akron and Western Michigan will play again on Saturday for at 1 p.m., on Lee R. Jackson Field for the second game of the three game series. Admission to all Akron baseball games is free of charge.

Live stats and a video broadcast will be available through GoZips.com

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