Zips Gain Split

Two bugaboos, walks and fielding errors, again reared their heads in WVU's 8-4 loss to Akron in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Hawley Field.

West Virginia has been plauged by shaky pitching and even worse fielding during the non-conference portion of their season, and apparently those problems aren't out of their system just yet.

Akron used five walks, three Mountaineer errors and a wild pitch to help them post four unearned runs in their 8-4 victory. WVU, which < a href="">won the first game without yielding a walk or an error, gave away a chance at the sweep and a 3-0 series lead with the miscues.

Just like the first game, Akron scored a run in the first, and with it came a harbinger of things to come. A leadoff walk, combined with an error, led to an unearned run and a 1-0 Zip lead.

WVU completed the mirror image first inning of the first game by again scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Again the first two batters reached, again Lee Fritz sacrificed, only this time it was Grant Psomas clenaing up, driving in two runs with a single.

Akron rallied to tie the game in the fourth, this time courtesy of a walk and a wild pitch that set up an RBI double by Asif Shah that tied the score.

All that set the stage for a complete meltdown in the fifth inning, as the Zips scored six runs to blow the game open. Again, a leadoff walk opened the door for trouble, and another walk, along with two WVU errors, set the stage for a two RBI single by Craig Welch and another run scoring double by Jim Barnette.

WVU tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, and did manage to prodcue two runs, one courtesy of Lee Fritz, who, finally allowed to hit, smacked a run scoring double.

Chris Amedro took the loss for WVU, allowing five runs on just three hits. He walked five, and had a wild pitch. Reliever Wes Osbourn allowed the other three runs, all unearned, in just 1/3 of an inning.

Jake Serfass and Lee Fritz each had two hits for the Mountaineers, with Serfass scoring twice and Fritz stroking a pair of two-baggers. Grant Psomas had three RBI for the Mountaineers.

WVU and Akron will close the four game series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Hawley Field.

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