Former University of Akron pitcher Chris Bassitt is scheduled to make his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday for the Chicago White Sox.
Bassitt, who pitched at UA from 2009-2011 and recorded a career ERA of 2.29 in 70 2/3 innings pitched, will start the second game of a doubleheader for the host White Sox against the Detroit Tigers. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
“I’m extremely happy for Chris,” UA coach Rick Rembielak said in a prepared statement. “He’s done very well at each level he’s pitched and it’s great to see him reach a milestone in his baseball career.”
Bassitt, 25, was drafted by the White Sox in the 2011 MLB Draft in the 16th round. He appeared in 23 games across three levels of the minor leagues and posted a 1.82 ERA over 34 2/3 innings pitched as a rookie.To read more or comment...
A few thoughts about the Akron Zips 41-0 win over Howard:
About that swarming defense – yeah, the one that looked like something found in the SEC before they found offense and fell all in love with 41-40 games. That looked good on an Akron Zips team. They made great use of their speed to hold the Howard Bison to 216 total yards, all while harassing Bison quarterback Greg Maghee all night.
About this middle linebacker C.J. Mizell: After the game he looked as if he was ready to go another four quarters and I have little doubt that he could have done so at the level that netted him 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Mizell, who sat out last year after transferring, played like a beast on Red Bull.
About that Kyle Pohl mobility: It’s real, very real. You never want to have your quarterback lead the team in rushing in any game as Pohl did tonight. However, it’s nice to know that he has the capability to run out of jams and run on designed plays. “Not all of those were needed scrambles,” he said. “It was just a thing that I wasn’t seeing what I needed to see or wanted to see.” Ultimately, he said he needs to learn to stay in the pocket to make the big throws.To read more or comment...
The University of Akron football team left an impression at InfoCision Stadium Thursday night after beating Howard University 41-0 as quarterback Kyle Pohl flashed some potential and the Zips defense showed how dominating that it can be.
Yes, it was Howard, but when was the last time UA was 1-0 to start a season? Try 2007.
It took a four touchdown passing performance from junior quarterback Kyle Pohl, who connected with sophomore wide receiver Mykel Traylor-Bennett on two of them. On an unseasonably cool August night, the Zips’ defense provided all the heat needed stifling the Bison.To read more or comment...
The Akron Zips begin their third season under coach Terry Bowden tonight at 7 at InfoCision Stadium against Howard University.
In that short time, Bowden and his staff have gotten the team moving in the right direction attitudinally, what remains to be seen is whether it shows on the field.
“We’re definitely not there yet,” Bowden said in his weekly press conference. “Potential is what we still have. We haven't done it yet. I think to some point changing the culture to me is when players go on the field and deep down inside - subconscious or otherwise - they feel like they’re going to win and not lose, good things are going to happen and not bad.”
In other words, Bowden expects his team to embrace the expectations this year. Questions remain, however and the answers will begin to come against Howard. Here are five things to look for tonight against the Bison:To read more or comment...
The Akron Zips defense – especially the front seven – is expected to be the strength of the team at the beginning of the football season.
The team finds itself in an enviable situation. Although they returned two speed defensive ends, they added more speed in the person of Se’Von Pittman. Local folks might remember his as the guy who used to terrorize quarterbacks at Canton McKinley a few years back.To read more or comment...