Baseball Falls 5-0 at Akron on Chilly Tuesday

Phil Lipari
Phil Lipari

Akron, Ohio -- Six Akron pitchers combined to hold the Youngstown State baseball team to five hits and toss a 5-0 shutout on a cold Tuesday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field.

With the wind chill at 29 degrees at first pitch and flurries falling several times, runs were at a premium all afternoon. Akron had only eight hits in the game but was able to capitalize on opportunities better than YSU.

After YSU had the bases loaded with one out and didn't score in the top of the second, Akron scored two unearned runs in the bottom half. Kurt Gamby reached on an error to start the inning, and a passed ball, wild pitch and walk put runners on the corners with nobody out. Jason Corzine singled to left center to bring in Gamby, and Samuel Trecaso scored the second run on a double-play grounder.

Matt Corpora doubled and scored in the third, and Brandon Winter scored an unearned run in the fourth to make the score 4-0.

The Zips tacked on their final run in the seventh when Trecaso singled in Drew Turocy.

Youngstown State stranded seven runners in the game but had just five opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Nic Manuppelli suffered the loss for YSU, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. Only one of the runs against him was earned. Erik Okleson allowed the fifth run in the bottom of the seventh.

Starter Jon Pusateri earned the win for Akron, holding YSU to three hits in four scoreless innings.

Greg Dissinger had two of YSU's five hits, and Joe Iacobucci singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Corpora, whose double in the third was the only extra-base hit in the game, had three hits to lead Akron.

YSU will play its Eastwood Field opener on Friday at 3 p.m. against Butler. The teams will also play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.