The University of Akron was shut out for the second consecutive game and fell to 0-5 on the season after losing to host Louisville 8-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman John Valek III made his first collegiate start for the Zips, earning the loss after throwing four innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits and four walks.
Junior Devan Ahart paced the Zips at the plate with two hits, a walk and a stolen base.
• The Kent State University bullpen couldn’t hold on to All-American Tyler Skulina’s one-run lead, falling to San Diego 2-1 on Friday night in the first of their four-game road series.
Skulina threw eight shutout innings, striking out six and giving up two hits and two walks.
The Golden Flashes scored the first run of the game on an Evan Campbell solo home run in the seventh. But the bullpen surrendered a walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, knocking in two base runners who reached on a double and walk.
The loss dropped the Golden Flashes to 0-5 on the season.
• Kent State was unable to snap its four-game losing streak, losing 1-0 to Eastern Illinois in eight innings on Saturday afternoon at the Louisville Invitational.
It was the second time in as many days the Golden Flashes lost in extra innings and are now scoreless the past 17 innings.
“We left too many runners on base,” Kent State coach Karen Linder said. “We were one clutch hit away from winning both extra-inning games this weekend.”
Kent State gets a rematch with No. 18 Louisville at 12:30 p.m. today.
• The University of Akron split its first two games at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Zips lost to Northern Colorado 10-2 in five innings, then defeated Georgia State 2-0.
UA wraps up the tournament at 10 a.m. today against Troy.
The University of Akron women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to six and improved its dual match record to 7-5 with a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at NJIT Tennis Center.
The 43rd-ranked first-flight doubles team of Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria led the Zips with an 8-4 victory, improving their record to 11-0 on the season.
Track and field
Both Kent State and the University of Akron had strong showings at the MAC Indoor Championship at Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
The UA men scored 142 points to finish second to host Eastern Michigan (157.5).
Kent State finished third with 113.5 points.
Kent State took home the women’s championship with a score of 175. UA finished fourth with 71 points.
UA had five individual event winners, with Martel Durant winning the high jump, Tyshaun Peoples in the 60-meter hurdles, Alex McCune in the heptathlon, Shawn Barber in the pole vault and Gabriel Genovesi in the 800-meter.
The Canton Charge had trouble containing the Erie BayHawks’ offense Saturday night, falling 110-97 on the road.
The BayHawks (20-15) shot 55 percent from the floor and 53 percent from 3-point range.
Kyle Gibson led the Charge (20-15) in scoring with 18.
Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points and 12 assists.
Arinze Onuaku (15) and Josh Selby (12) also scored in double-digits for the Charge.
— Staff report