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.
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