Akron's Five-Run Seventh Dooms Penguins in 7-6 Loss

Phil Lipari
Phil Lipari

Clarksville, Tenn. -- Akron scored five runs in the seventh inning to overcome a four-run deficit and beat the Youngstown State baseball team 7-6 on Saturday at Raymond C. Hand Park in the Austin Peay Riverview Inn Classic.

The Penguins led 6-2 through six innings before the Zips scored their five runs on five hits and two walks in the seventh. Two of those runs were charged to starter Pat Shedlock, and the other three were charged to Ryan Krokos.

Phil Lipari hit his first career home run and drove in two runs, and Kevin Hix drove in two and walked twice. Jake Kucek and Drew Dosch also had two hits for the Penguins.

Brandon Winter was 2-for-4 and was one of three players to drive in two runs for Akron.

"This was the best game we played all year," YSU head coach Rich Pasquale said afterward. "We played our hearts out. Shedlock gave us a great outing, and we squared up on a lot of balls today for some hard outs offensively. We are a better club after today, and we have to build off of this."

Hix threw out a runner at the plate to end the top of the first, and YSU went on to score three times in the bottom half of the inning. Kucek singled in Jason Shirley, who reached on a fielder's choice, and Hix brought in Kucek and Jeremy Banks with a two-run single with two outs.

Two doubles in the second got Akron on the board, and YSU extended its lead to 5-1 in the fourth. Hix drew a leadoff walk and scored on Lipari's two-out, two-run homer down the right-field line.

The Zips got a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, and YSU answered with an unearned run in the sixth to go up 6-2.

In the seventh, Shedlock allowed a leadoff triple and a walk before handing the ball to Krokos. Winter greeted the redshirt freshman with a two-run double, and Devan Ahart singled him in to make the score 6-5. Erik Okleson came in and allowed the runners to advance with a wild pitch, and Tyler Begun gave the Zips the lead with a two-run single.

YSU was turned away in the seventh after having runners at the corners with nobody out, and the Guins hit into an inning-ending double play in the eighth with two on. They went down in order in the ninth.

Shedlock allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in six innings in a no-decision. Danny Fawcett earned the win for Akron despite throwing just 2/3 of an inning.

YSU will play Iowa on Sunday at noon to end its stay at Austin Peay.