AKRON, Ohio – Redshirt senior Brady Stewart provided a walk-off single in the tenth inning to give The University of Akron (13-12) baseball team a 2-1 victory over Canisius College (18-8) on Wednesday afternoon at Canal Park. Wednesday's win was the first of the year in extra innings.
Sophomore Michael Steensen gave the Zips a strong start on the mound, as the right-hander tossed 5.0 scoreless innings with three hits allowed and four strikeouts. Despite the scoreless start, Steensen earned no-decision in the win.
The Zips put the first run on the board in the bottom of the second with a RBI double to left by sophomore Cale Giddings, giving Akron a 1-0 advantage. Junior Matt Rembielak, who went 2-for-4, scored on Giddings' two-bagger.
Both teams received excellent pitching throughout the matchup, as both sides traded scoreless frames from the third through the eighth inning. However, Canisius put together a late rally in the ninth to advance the game to extras on an RBI single by Jesse Kelso off of Akron reliever Zach Beaver.
Prior to Beaver's entrance, the Akron bullpen kept the Canisius offense rather silent. Josh Davis, Daulton Mosbarger, Masashi Sakamoto and Matt LaRocca combined for 3.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts, four hits and one walk.
Beaver worked a scoreless tenth, which allowed Akron to earn the walk-off victory. Rembielak led off with a double to left, and was quickly moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Lawrence. James Sheltrown and Billy Salem earned back-to-back walks to set the stage for Stewart's pinch-hit walk-off.
Stewart ripped a single to right on the third pitch he saw in the at-bat from Canisius reliever Eric Stolzenberg. Beaver earned the win after 2.0 innings pitched with one run allowed and one strikeout, improving his record to 3-0 this season.
Overall, the Akron lineup produced six base hits and six walks. Rembielak led the offense with two hits, while Sheltrown had a team-high three walks.
The Zips will look ahead to a three-game set at the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks this weekend, beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.