AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (12-31, 8-11 MAC) baseball team clinched the series win on Saturday against Western Michigan University (14-31, 6-13 MAC) by a score of 3-2 at Lee R. Jackson Field in the second game of the three-game Mid-American Conference series.
Freshman John Valek III made the start at pitcher for UA, and earned the win to improve his season record to 3-7. Valek turned in a performance of 6.1 innings pitched with two runs allowed and two strikeouts.
WMU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead following an RBI double in the first inning.
Akron struck back in the second inning to tie the game at one run on a throwing error by the WMU pitcher, allowing Matt LaRocca to score from second.
The Zips scored the game-deciding runs in the bottom of the third inning, as senior Jared Turocy extended consecutive game hit streak to 13 games on a two-RBI single to left field.
Western Michigan added another run in the seventh inning to bring the game to the final score of 3-2.
LaRocca was the lone reliever to come out of the bullpen for Akron, and earned his fourth save of the season. The native of Stony Brook, N.Y., registered 2.2 innings pitched with one hit and two strikeouts. LaRocca also collected one base hit and one run scored in the victory.
Akron and WMU will wrap up the three game series on Sunday at 1 p.m., on Lee R. Jackson Field. Admission to all Akron home games is free of charge.