Tyler Begun and Brady Stewart each had three hits, but the University of Akron gave up five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in an 8-4 loss to host Youngstown State at Eastwood Field on Tuesday.

The Zips (8-15) trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but reliever Jason McPeek gave up five runs in the inning as the Penguins put the game away.

Starting pitcher Matt Gebacz (Archbishop Hoban) gave up two runs on three hits in five innings of work and took the loss. Gebacz gave up a two-run home run in the first but settled down to keep the Zips in the game before the bullpen allowed six runs.

Stewart, Devan Ahart, Bryan White and Jared Turocy each had an RBI for the Zips.

More baseball

Toledo scored a run in the top of the ninth to defeat host Kent State 4-3 on Tuesday at Schoonover Stadium.

Nick Hamilton had three hits and an RBI and Sawyer Polen and Tommy Monnot each added an RBI for the Golden Flashes (11-11).

Kent State starting pitcher Michael Clark gave up one run on one hit, struck out 12 but took the loss in 5‚ innings of work.

Softball

The University of Akron lost 7-6 and tied Youngstown State 5-5 in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Lee R. Jackson softball field in Akron.

Alex Helfrich, Alissa Birkhimer, Allison Dorr and Crystal Hernandez each had two hits in the first game to lead the Zips (11-14-1). Dorr homered and Hernandez had two RBI for the Zips.

Taryn Allmon went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Helfrich had a two-run double to lead the Zips in the second game, which was called due to darkness.

Basketball

The University of Akron men’s team will commemorate the 2011-12 season with a celebration party on April 12 at Rhodes Arena. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with a dinner buffet and an awards ceremony to follow at 7 p.m.

The event is open to the public and costs $20 per person if reserved by April 6. Tickets are $25 per person after April 6 and $10 for children under 12 and students with a valid ID. Tables with seating for 10 can be reserved for $150.

To make a reservation, call Erin Horning at 330-972-2039.

Soccer

The Mid-American Conference announced that West Virginia men’s soccer will join the Mid-American Conference in 2012. The MAC men’s soccer will increase to eight members beginning this fall.

Honor roll

•?Heidelberg sophomore Chris Thomas (Perry) went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week. Thomas started one game and relieved in another and allowed one run, struck out four and walked three in seven total innings.

•?Mount Union freshman Mandy Wise (North Canton Hoover) led the Purple Raiders women’s tennis team last week with a 4-0 record. Wise went 2-0 at the No. 2 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles.

•?Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Marlington) earned medalist honors out of 45 golfers at the Mount Union Spring Invitational with an even-par score of 144. Snode shot a round of 69, the best 18-hole score at Mount Union and the second lowest round in the nation this year.

— Staff report