It took two walk-off home runs, but Akron finally won its second series of the year.
Kurt Davidson took Bowling Green's Tyler Sanehotz deep in the ninth inning for the 4-2 win. Before Davidson's three-run shot, the Zips (9-26, 4-11 MAC) trailed 2-1.
Zips freshman Frank Turocy pitched 6.2 innings and gave up two runs on only three hits.
The walk-off shot was Davidson's eighth home run this season. The sophomore catcher led the team with seven last year.
The Zips are not good this season. You can tell by their record. Their bats are decent, but the pitchers are mediocre and defense is atrocious. However, the team has shown some indications that it might be good in 2007 or 2008.
According to TrackWire.com's most recent team rankings, neither Akron's men or women are in the top 25.
However, a three Zips athletes made the weekly Dandy Dozen national rankings.
- Ashley Kaufman is No. 1 in the nation in the javelin.
- John Russell is No. 3 in the pole vault.
- Tomasz Smialek is No. 10 in the high jump.
Akron completed the sweep against Ohio, winning an ugly game 7-5.
The Zips and Bobcats combined for eight errors.
With the series sweep, the Zips retook first place in the MAC East.
Akron (21-18, 10-4 MAC) will return home for a four-game weekend series against Northern Illinois (18-20, 6-8 MAC) that starts Friday at 1 p.m.
Akron tied Illinois-Chicago in its fifth spring game, 2-2.
The Zips will conclude the spring season at home Friday at 6 p.m against Rio Grande.
Where do they find these teams?
Akron took seventh in the Rutherford Intercollegiate tournament out of 15 teams.
Zips junior Ryan Culbertson took seventh, shooting 7-over par for the three-round event. Colin Clemente took 25th. Freshmen Vaughn Snyder and Brad Wright tied for 29th.
Akron will host the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate next weekend at Firestone C.C. before entering MAC play.
As an aside, I would kill to play Firestone this week.
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