AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (13-31) baseball team defeated Penn State University (12-31) by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.
Sophomore Jon Pusateri provided a strong start for the Zips, as he pitched 6.0 innings with one run allowed and six strikeouts. Pusateri earned the win for UA, which improved his season record to 2-8.
The Akron offense totaled 16 hits and four walks on Tuesday afternoon. Three Akron batters – Matt Rembielak, Devan Ahart and Matt LaRocca – registered three base hits a piece. Rembielak also drove in two runs, while Ahart had one RBI.
Penn State took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single to start off the game, but the lead wouldn't last long. In the bottom of the first, UA plated two runs on a fielding error and a wild pitch by the PSU starter. Akron would not lose the lead for the rest of the game.
The game remained at the 2-1 score until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Zips offense erupted for a seven-run rally. Ahart scored the first run of the inning on a muffed throw by the Nittany Lions' second baseman to increase the lead to 3-1.
Following a Cale Giddings walk to load the bases, Penn State delivered a pass ball that allowed LaRocca to score from third base. With men on second and third, Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week Brady Stewart ripped a single up the middle to drive in both base runners, bringing the game to a 5-1 score.
Akron then loaded the bases again, which allowed Rembielak to drive in two runs on a single up the middle. Ahart notched his second hit of the inning after Rembielak's single, and drove in a run to cap off the seven-run rally.
With the Zips leading by a score of 9-1, UA extended the lead a little more with two runs in the eighth inning. Anthony Bova and Gerrad Rohan recorded RBI base hits to bring the game to an 11-1 Akron advantage.
The Nittany Lions scored one run in the ninth inning with senior Samuel Trecaso on the mound. Trecaso finished the game with 1.0 inning pitched and one earned run allowed.
Freshman Andrew Fanning was also utilized out of the Akron bullpen. Fanning turned in 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
Senior Jared Turocy went 1-for-3 in the win over PSU with one run scored, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base. Turocy's hit extended his consecutive game hit streak to 15 games.