BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University of Akron (21-21, 9-9 MAC) baseball team fell in the series finale to the University at Buffalo (20-16, 11-6) by a final score of 11-6 on Sunday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field.
Junior Pat Dyer made the start for the Zips, and turned in 3.0 innings with seven hits allowed, four earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Dyer was given a no-decision in the contest.
Buffalo's offense started strong with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first off of Dyer, two of which were earned. The southpaw would record a scoreless inning in the second, but was tagged with two runs in the third on a Vinny Mallaro RBI single to left and a Mike Scarcello RBI double down the leftfield line, giving UB a 5-0 advantage.
Following the two-run third by Buffalo, Akron registered back-to-back three-run rallies in the fourth and fifth inning, highlighted by freshman James Meeker III with a RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth.
Redshirt junior Jon Pusateri allowed the Zips to gain a 6-5 lead due to 2.0 shutout innings of relief in the fourth and fifth inning. Pusateri was given a no-decision on Sunday.
Freshman Masashi Sakamoto relieved Pusateri at the outset of the sixth inning, and delivered one strikeout in a scoreless sixth. However, Sakamoto allowed a RBI sacrifice fly to Scarcello and a RBI single to center by Jimmy Topps to put the Bulls up for good, 7-6. Sakamoto's record dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
In the eighth inning, Buffalo padded to their lead with four runs to bring the game to its final score of 11-6. Redshirt junior Matt LaRocca was tagged with four runs - two earned - three walks and two strikeouts.
Sophomore Kris Simonton led off the ninth with a single to right-center, but the Zips went scoreless in the frame.
Overall, the Akron offense totaled 11 base hits led by Meeker with three hits and three RBI. Redshirt junior Devan Ahart and Simonton added two base hits apiece. Ahart led the mob with two runs scored. Redshirt senior James Sheltrown went 1-for-4 with one run and a stolen base.
Akron will look ahead to two away midweek matchups this coming week. UA will travel to Youngstown on Tuesday and then Wright State on Wednesday.