The Akron women’s tennis team (7-6) was unable to extend its winning streak to seven as the Zips ended their Eastern road trip falling to nationally ranked Columbia (4-3) 6-1.

Columbia represented the seventh ranked opponent Akron has faced this season and dominated throughout the event. The Lions won the second and third flights of the doubles portion and won five of the six singles matches in straight sets.

The lone Zip to win was Madison Cohen, who defeated Columbia’s Amy Li 6-4, 6-1.

Akron does not play until March 7 when it hosts Youngstown State at 12:30 p.m.

Baseball

•?Kent State could not build on any momentum following its first win of the season as the Golden Flashes lost to the San Diego Toreros 14-2.

The Golden Flashes (1-7) scored first when senior Evan Campbell singled home Sawyer Polen in the second inning. Despite loading the bases, Kent State was unable to expand its lead.

It proved costly as San Diego (3-4) scored eight runs in the bottom of the second. The rally included a two-run home run by Kris Bryant that knocked out the Flashes starter Michael Clark.

Kent was led by Campbell, who had three singles and two RBI, and Derek Toadvine, who tripled and scored.

• A late sacrifice fly plated the game-winning run as the Akron Zips (0-6) lost to the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals (6-1) 2-1. The Zips could not find the offense to combine with a strong pitching performance by freshman JT Brubaker, who pitched seven innings and only allowed four hits and two runs with three strikeouts.

Akron’s run came in the second inning when Jared Turocy singled home Joey Havrilak who had reached with a double. The Zips scattered four other hits during the game but struck out 16 times and left six runners on base.

Softball

•?The Kent State Golden Flashes (2-6) lost to nationally ranked Louisville (11-2) 3-2 despite having nine hits to the Cardinals’ four.

Lauren McNeil and Emma Johnson combined to pitch six innings and allowed eight baserunners and struck out five.

Michele Duffy and Kim Kirkpatrick each had two hits for the Golden Flashes.

• A late comeback fell just short as the Akron Zips fell to Troy, 6-2 at the Heck SB Complex in Decatur, Ga.

Akron scored twice in the fifth inning but was unable to overcome a four-run Trojan fourth inning that featured a three-run home run and a solo home run.

Third baseman Shawna Hochstetler had two hits, scored a run, and stole a base for the Zips, and Taryn Allmon and Keelia Nester each had an RBI.

— Staff report