A source close to the University of Akron football program confirmed to the Beacon Journal that Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman is transferring to the Zips. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Hirschman was 55-of-93 passing (59.1 percent) for 589 yards and threw two touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. In four Colorado spring scrimmages, he threw seven touchdowns and one interception on 32-of-52 passing (61.5 percent). He will be eligible to play this fall and, per the source, will have a chance to compete for the starting job.
Track and field
Alex McCune won first place in the decathalon after finishing first in the javelin, first in the pole vault, third in the 110-meter dash and fourth in the discus to lead the University of Akron in the second day of the MAC Meet at UA.
Nicholas Banke finished second in the shot put and second in the hammer throw for the Akron men.
Brittany Cheese took first place in the javelin throw heptathlon event to lead the UA women. Cheese finished third overall in the heptathlon after placing fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 800-meter run. Bjorn Johansson finished first in the men’s decathlon discus throw. Johansson also finished second in the pole vault, second in the javelin and second overall in the decathlon.
Matthias Tayala finished first in the men’s hammer throw and Joh’vonnie Mosley placed first in the women’s shot put to lead Kent State. Dexter Shreve took second in the 1500-meter run and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles for the Golden Flashes.
Jennifer Ha shot a 3-under-par 68 and Erin Hawe shot a 1-under-par 70 to lead Kent State in the second round of the NCAA West Regional at Stanford.
The Golden Flashes are now in ninth place after shooting 10-over-par 294 as a team in the second round. Ha posted the lowest round of her career and is tied for fourth place, 3 strokes off the lead, and Hawe is tied for 17th place with a 3-over-par two-day score.
Brady Stewart hit a sacrifice fly to score Jared Turocy in the top of the 11th inning to break a 7-7 tie and give the University of Akron an 8-7 win over host Central Michigan on Friday.
The Zips trailed 6-1 after the second inning and 7-2 after the fourth inning and scored a run in the fifth, seventh, eighth and two in the ninth inning to tie the score and send the game to extra innings.
Sophomore Devan Ahart had an RBI double in the ninth and scored the tying run in the ninth on a wild pitch. Sophomore Matt LaRocca had an RBI groundout in the fifth inning and freshman Cale Giddings had an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Zips.
• Taylor Williams allowed two hits and struck out seven in a complete game shutout to lead Kent State to a 3-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Williams won his ninth game of the season and earned his third complete game win of the season.
The Golden Flashes (28-21, 15-7) scored three runs in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie.
The inning began with back-to-back errors that allowed Derek Toadvine and Sawyer Polen to reach base. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Evan Campbell before George Roberts reached base on an error that scored Toadvine and Polen. Roberts scored when Zarley Zalewski reached base on an error.
The University of Akron men’s team has been selected as the eighth and final team for the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22-25 at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii.
The Zips join host Hawaii, Boise State, George Mason, Iowa State, Oregon State, Saint Mary’s and South Carolina in the tournament.