Kent State was the only team to break par and dominated the two rounds of play at the Mid-American Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Golden Flashes shot 283 and 281 in the first and second rounds for a total of 12-under-par 564 to lead second-place Eastern Michigan by 30 shots.
KSU has the top three individual leaders on the scoreboard. Corey Conners had rounds of 70 and 67 and is at 5-under-par 137, leading teammate Kevin Miller by 2 strokes.
Charlie Bull of Akron and Mackenzie Hughes of KSU are tied for third at 1-under 143. Taylor Pendrith is tied for sixth at 1-over 145.
Akron is fifth in the standings with a two-round total of 14-over 605.
In addition to Bull’s outstanding start, Ryan Mason and Cameron Simmons are tied for 21st at 153, Scott Landreth is 3 shots behind them and tied for 32nd and Tim Lew is tied for 43rd at 161.
The third round is scheduled for today, and the fourth and final round is set for Sunday.
Track and field
Eric Hubbard of the University of Akron broke an 8-year-old record in the hammer throw Friday on the first day of the Campbell/Wright Invitational at Lee Jackson Field.
Hubbard, from Medina, was the top finisher in the event with a throw of 205 feet, 4 inches, besting the previous mark of 203-10 set by Greg Corbitt in 2004. Zips teammate Nick Banke was ninth at177-9.
Alex McCune was first in the “B” section of the pole vault with a personal best of15-5.
Alexis Cooks won the discus throw in the women’s open division with a toss of172-5, and Brittany Funk won the hammer throw at 177 feet.
The event concludes today, with the javelin and men’s shot put.
A rally by the University of Akron in the ninth inning came up short, and the Zips (17-28, 10-9) were defeated by the Miami RedHawks 4-3 on Friday afternoon in Oxford.
Leadoff hitter Devan Ahart had two hits, including a double, and he also scored a run, as did UA catcher Brady Stewart.
Third baseman Sam Watkins, first baseman Sam Trecaso and Jared Turocy all had two hits and an RBI.
Andrew Brown (6-6) was the loser, giving up four runs, two unearned, seven hits and two walks. He struck out two.
The Zips and RedHawks (23-23, 8-11) are scheduled to play the second game of the three-game series at 6 p.m. today in Oxford.
The University of Akron will hold its annual Strike Out Cancer Day as the Zips play Buffalo starting at 2 p.m. today.
Pink Akron softball shirts can be purchased for $16, and fans can make a one-time donation or donate a certain amount for each strikeout by a Zips pitcher.
All proceeds will be donated to former Zips player Deann Viebranz, who played second base for the Zips from 1981-84.
Hasan Hazime, a senior defensive lineman on the University of Akron team this past season, was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos as the 36th overall pick in the fifth round of the CFL’s Draft on Thursday night.
Hazime, who received his undergraduate degree at UA in December, started at defensive end the first three games of the 2011 season before suffering a knee injury.
Hazime is the fifth Zip all-time to be drafted by a CFL franchise and the first since 2007, when Jabari Arthur was selected as the sixth overall pick by Calgary, and Jason Nedd was the 10th overall choice by Edmonton.
— Staff report