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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Akron Zips, coached by former Buckeye assistant coach Pat Bangston, jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then, after Ohio State tied the score at 4-all in the fifth inning, regained the lead in dramatic fashion in the eighth inning and went on to post a 10-7 win over the Buckeyes Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. 

After Dean Wolosiansky came into the game in relief and shut the Akron bats down with four innings of no-run baseball, the Zips regained the lead with a huge, three-run home run by Drew Turocy to right off Theron Minium. Turocy, Akron’s best player with a .390 average coming into the game, had been quiet before his smash that brought home his 43rd, 44th and 45th RBIs of the season.

His hit – and an insurance home run from Brandon White in the ninth that started a three-run inning – made a winner out of Ben Danziger, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning to improve to 4-5 on the season. Turocy pitched the ninth inning to finish out the game for the Zips. Minium drops to 2-1 with the loss.

Akron loaded the bases in each of the first three innings – twice against starter Brett McKinney and once against Wolosiansky – but only scored in the second inning. It was a big inning, though, with four runs crossing the plate and the big hit Kevin Haas’ two-run single.

Ohio State scored a run in the third on an RBI single by senior Ryan Dew. The home team tied the game with a three-run fifth inning, with senior Chris Griffin, featured in one of the game program Photo of the Day pages, nailing a two-out, two-run single to tie the score and bring the crowd of 950 on a lovely night at the ballpark to its feet. 

That was all the offense Ohio State would get though, and the team’s record drops to 21-11 on the season. Akron improves to 16-19.

Notes & More, For Only the Sixth Time, From Bill Davis Stadium…

  • Akron’s Pat Bangston coached 14 seasons with head coach Bob Todd and associate head coach Greg Cypret at Ohio State after a five-year minor league career in the classy Minnesota Twins’ organization.
  • Cory Kovanda has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Nationwide balloting has begun. Fans can vote for Cory on the award’s official Web site at www.seniorCLASSaward.com as well as through text messaging. Text BASEBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists.
  • Kovanda had his 15-game hitting streak end in the game.
  • Dean Wolosiansky, with 4.0 shutout innings in relief, has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings in relief this year. The big right-hander scattered six hits and recorded one strikeout with no walks. He allowed hits to five of his first eight batters, but settled down nicely and gave up just one hit to his last 10 batters faced.
  • Here’s one reason why the team eats team meals before games (on weekends and on the road, but not before home midweek games): one Buckeye was spotted eating a lettuce submarine sandwich before the game. What looked like a foot-long meadow of grass between two slices of dusted wheat bun was actually only a pile of lettuce, spinach and cheese. That was it. It proved to be plenty of energy for the player: he played, got a hit, slid head first into home plate and made some defensive plays.
  • Ohio State had 13 hits…all singles until Cory Rupert doubled home two runs in the ninth. Akron totaled 19 hits.
  • The Buckeyes also had four errors in the game.
  • Ohio State hosts Penn State in a rather large Big Ten Conference series Friday through Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes are in first place in the Big Ten with a 6-3 mark.