YPSILANTI, Mich.- The Akron softball team split a Mid-American Conference twinbill at Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Varsity Field.
In the first game, the Zips lost, 3-0. Akron finished the nightcap with a 10-1 victory.
The Zips improve to 13-18 overall and 2-3 in MAC play. The Eagles fell to 13-16 overall and 2-3 in MAC play.
In the first game, the game remained scoreless through five-and-a-half innings. The Zips threatened to score in the top of the sixth inning with two runners on, but weren't able to drive in the runs.
In the bottom of the sixth, EMU hit an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. Another RBI single to right field pushed the Eagles' lead to 2-0. EMU tacked on a final run from a sacrifice fly, which completed its 3-0 victory.
Freshman lefty Lexie Handley (Mogadore, Ohio) started and took the loss (10-10 overall). She struck out six batters and walked one.
In the nightcap, the Zips scored first in the top of the second inning from a two-run homer from sophomore designated player Kelly Hysong (Beach City, Ohio) that gave Akron an early 2-0 lead. This was Hysong's first career homer as a Zip.
Akron added three runs in the top of the third inning from a three-run homer from Hysong, her second of the game. The last time an Akron player hit multiple home runs in a single game was in 2012 against SE Louisiana by Alissa Birkhimer who hit two home runs.
The Eagles added their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning from a solo home run to right center.
In the top of the sixth inning, senior catcher Alyssa Nicholas (Cortland, Ohio) stole third base, and was able to score on a throwing error on the catcher that put Akron up 6-1.
The Zips had a busy seventh inning. Hysong hit an RBI double to center field, and sophomore 1B Laura Lakins (Akron, Ohio) hit a two-RBI single that put the Zips up 9-1. Senior OF Savannah Fruin (Delray Beach, Fla.) hit an RBI double to right field, which gave UA a 10-1 lead over the Eagles.
Junior pitcher Kooper Vertz (Dilsboro, Ind.) pitched the complete game. She stands 2-1 overall and 2-0 in MAC. She struck out one batter and had no walks.
The teams close out the MAC series with a single game on Sunday, April 2, at 1 p.m.