CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Akron (6-6) baseball team capped off the three-game weekend with a 13-5 victory over UW-Milwaukee (3-6) on Sunday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park on the Austin Peay State University Campus. Akron set season highs with 13 runs and 18 hits.
"We played good baseball today beginning in the first inning scoring three runs and setting a good tone offensively," Head coach Rick Rembielak said. "Our hitters were aggressive and determined to bounce back from yesterday."
Sophomore JT Brubaker made his second start of the season, and turned in 4.0 innings with two runs allowed and two strikeouts. Brubaker was given a no-decision on Sunday.
"JT pitched well and gave us a good outing. He had control and consistency of his breaking ball which helps in keeping the hitters off balance," Coach Rembielak said.
Brubaker was spotted with three early runs before even stepping foot on the mound. The Zips scored three runs in the top of the first on RBI singles from redshirt senior Brady Stewart and freshman Dom Iero. Freshman Brian Lees also provided a RBI groundout in the first.
Akron added another run in the second to make it 4-0 after James Sheltrown stole home on a double steal, this third stolen base of the season. Both teams would go scoreless in the third before trading two runs apiece in the fourth inning to bring the game to 6-2. Stewart and Lees singled in runs in the fourth, giving both players two RBI on the afternoon.
The Zips offense then erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth to take a firm lead over the Milwaukee Panthers. Sheltrown started the scoring effort with an RBI single to right, followed by a bunt single from Daulton Mosbarger to load the bases.
Havrilak ripped a single through the sight side, plating both James Meeker III and Sheltrown on the play. Redshirt junior Devan Ahart followed with a three-run home run, his second homer this weekend, to put UA up 12-2. Ahart now has two homers this season, and finished the afternoon three hits, two runs and three RBI. He is now batting .404 this season, a team-high.
Sheltrown brought in the final run of the game after drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Zips' seven runs in the fifth inning vs. UWM are the most runs scored by UA in an inning this season.
Not to be outdone by the offensive display, redshirt juniors Andrew Fanning and Matt LaRocca combined for 3.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen following Brubaker's exit. Fanning was given the win to improve to 2-1, while LaRocca led all Akron relievers with 2.0 innings on the mound..
Overall, the Zips offense registered season-highs with 18 hits, 11 RBI, 12 walks. Ahart, Sheltrown, Simonton and Stewart tied for the team lead with three hits apiece. Havrilak, Sheltrown and Stewart had two RBI each, and five different Zips had two walks apiece.
"A good weekend for the Zips winning two of three on the road," Coach Rembielak said following the three-game weekend
Akron baseball will look ahead to the first intrastate series of the season, a three-game set at the University of Cincinnati. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m.