The University of Akron softball has won three consecutive games, taking two Saturday in the Alabama State Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. The Zips used 20 combined hits and strong pitching to beat Gardner-Webb 5-1 in the first game and down host Alabama State 6-5 in extra innings.

Erin Seiler pitched a complete game in the first game and won by giving up only a solo home run while striking out 12. She came on in relief in the second game to earn the win and even her record at 5-5.

Against Alabama State, UA tied the game with a two-run seventh inning and won it in the eighth on Gabrielle Fredericksí RBI single to right.

MAC indoor track

The host University of Akron menís team captured its third consecutive Mid-American Conference Track and Field Indoor Championship Saturday at the Stile Athletics Field House.

The Zips edged Eastern Michigan 145.5-135 to claim its third consecutive indoor title for the first time. Kent State was third.

Clayton Murphy led the Zips with individual championships in the 800 meters and mile. He anchored the winning 1,600- and distance-medley relay squads en route to being named the MACís most outstanding track performer for the second consecutive year.

The UA womenís team came up one point shy of Eastern Michigan (127-126) for the closest margin in conference indoor championship history. Kent State was third with 87 points.

The most outstanding field performer on the womenís side was Akronís Jackie Siefring, who turned in a school-record performance in the pentathlon on Friday.

Akronís Dennis Mitchell was named the MAC menís coach of the year for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall.

OAC track

Mount Unionís womenís team won its fifth consecutive and sixth overall Ohio Athletic Conference championship Saturday at Marietta College. Kevin Lucas, in his seventh year as the womenís coach, and his staff earned OAC staff of the year honors.

Kent State baseball

Kent State won twice Saturday behind Luke Burchís hitting at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. The Golden Flashes beat Ball State 8-3 and then downed George Washington 7-4. Burch finished 7-for-9 with six RBI.