The Zips had a pair of solo home runs in the first two innings, and never lost the lead in their opening round win over the Chippewas.
WP- Pat Dyer (5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K)
LP- Pat Kaminska (2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
Kaminska only lasted two innings and threw 40 pitches and had his worst start of the season. Allowing solo home runs in the first (Daulton Mosbarger) and second (Matt LaRocca) innings, Kaminska allowed five runs to score to give Akron an early 5-0 lead. Akron would later tack on some insurance runs in the 6th with an RBI single from LaRocca and 2 RBI shot by centerfielder Devan Ahart to give the Zips an 8-2 lead.
Central Michigan threatened to make a comeback in the 8th scoring four runs, started by third baseman Morgan Oliver's 2 RBI triple. Central Michigan loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity to come away with the win.
Central Michigan faces 3-seed Miami tomorrow at 1 p.m. in an elimination game on Thursday (5/22) while the Zips take on the Buffalo Bulls at 4:30 p.m.