A four-run sixth inning and a strong effort on the mound sent the University of Akron to a 5-2 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday at Canal Park.

Senior Sam Watkins led the Zipsí offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Redshirt freshman Joey Havrilak also had a multi-hit effort, and Brady Stewart drove in two runs.

Senior Danny Fawcett (2-1) picked up the win, pitching two innings of relief and allowing one run.

Starter Tyler Smith allowed one run on three hits in five innings. Scott Foster pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first career save.

The Zips (9-15) return to Mid-American Conference action on Friday with a three-game series at Northern Illinois.

More baseball

Kent State had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, but could not complete its comeback and lost 6-5 Wednesday at Pittsburgh.

Leadoff hitter Evan Campbell had two doubles and two RBI for the Golden Flashes. Derek Toadvine had three hits and scored twice, Jason Bagoly had a solo home run, Tommy Monnot had two hits and a RBI and Jimmy Rider had a hit and RBI.

On Friday, the Golden Flashes play their first MAC road series at Ball State.

Golf

Kent State sophomore Taylor Pendrith was named the Mid-American Conference Menís Golfer of the Week.

Pendrith was runner-up at the Barona Collegiate with a 54-hole score of 11-under-par 205 and tied for the fourth lowest in school history.

On Friday, Kent State is at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Charlotte, N.C.

Track and field

Bryan Jones and Alex McCune of the University of Akron are 17th and 18th, respectively, after five events in the menís decathlon at the 85th Texas Relays in Austin.

The event concludes today.

Also competing for the Zips today are Dan Garrett and Mike Uhle in the pole vault and Joe Wesley in the hammer throw.

ó Staff report