Tarpley's Two Homers Lift Zips to 6-2 Win over CMU in Series Finale

Tarpley's Two Homers Lift Zips to 6-2 Win over CMU in Series Finale

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AKRON, Ohio- Senior Anna Tarpley (Jacksonville, Fla.) became the second Zip this season to record two home runs in a single game, helping the Akron softball team to a 6-2 win in the series finale over Central Michigan on Sunday at Lee R. Jackson Field.

The win snapped CMU's four-game winning streak.

The Chippewas took the first game of the doubleheader, 7-0.

Akron stands 16-21 overall and 5-6 in MAC play, while Central Michigan stands 23-11 overall and 8-3 in the league.

In the morning, Central Michigan scored two runs in the top of the third inning. An RBI single to center gave CMU its first run of the game, followed by another RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Central Michigan went up 7-0 in the top of the fifth inning scoring five runs off of three Akron errors. UA had scoring opportunities, leaving two runners on base. In the bottom of the third inning, junior OF Taylor Kirian (New Riegel, Ohio) doubled to right center, but the next two batters could not bring her home.

Freshman lefty Lexie Handley (Mogadore, Ohio) took the loss. She pitched 2.2 innings, with two strikeouts and one walk. Junior Kooper Vertz (Dilsboro, Ind.) came in during the third inning and pitched 2.1 innings, fanning one and walking one. Sophomore DP Kelly Hysong (Beach City, Ohio) came in at the bottom of the fifth inning, fanning four.

In the afternoon finale, the Chippewas started off the game scoring on a fielder's choice for an early 1-0 lead. Central Michigan added a security run in the top of the third inning from an RBI double.

The Zips answered back when lead-off hitter Tarpley hit a solo home run that put the Zips on the board.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, sophomore 1B Laura Lakins (Akron, Ohio) singled to center field, scoring junior 3B Caitlin Gambone (Canton, Ohio).

The Zips scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hysong hit an RBI single up the middle, and Kirian hit a two-RBI triple down the left field line, which gave Akron a 5-2 edge.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Tarpley did it again-- hitting her second home run of the game. The last time a Zip hit two home runs in one game was April 2, against Eastern Michigan by DP Kelly Hysong. This was Tarpley's third career home run.

Vertz got the start and pitched 2.2 innings. Hysong came in briefly in the third inning to get the last out. Handley (13-13 overall) took over in the fourth inning and finished the game, getting the win. She struck out three batters and walked none.

The Zips travel to Buffalo for a single MAC game on Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m.