Fall Season Underway
The fifth year of Akron Club Baseball has started off with a bang. The team won the Wounded Warrior Foundation Tournament hosted by Xavier University this past weekend by beating a tough team of Eastern Kentucky in the championship. A lot of new, young faces on the roster for the team this year, bringing a lot of potential for the team.
Akron cruised through the tournament with a 4-1 record, displaying tremendous hitting for only the opening weekend.
There are high expectations for the 2016-2017 season for the Akron Club Baseball Team.
The fourth year of Akron Club Baseball is in the books, and there is much to be proud of. We have completed our 3rd year in the NCBA, with our 3rd consecutive conference championship. We have finished the year ranked nationally for the 3rd straight season.
We want to send a special thanks out to our 3 graduating seniors: Sam Kraus, Jordan Shaffer, and Scott Williams.
Kraus: 21-3(26 starts), 2.06 ERA, 207 K, 1.214 WHIP, .217 BAA, 50 BB, 129.33 IP.
- Career record holder: K, IP, W, He also holds many season pitching records.
Shaffer: .380 BA, 45 RBI, 88 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 41 BB, 19 SB, .466 OBP, 72 G, 268 PA, 216 AB.
- Career record holder: RBI, H, 2B, SB, G, PA, AB, With some other season records.
Williams: .270 BA, 30 RBI, 39 H, 7 2B, 4 HR, 14 BB, .359 OBP, 50 G, 171 PA, 148 AB, 8 HBP.
17-6(24 starts), 3.03 ERA, 101 K, 1.353 WHIP, .263 BAA, 39 BB, 129.33 IP.
- Career record holder: IP, HBP, With other leader board appearances.
As you can see, these guys have logged a lot of innings and made a huge positive impact on the field. Tough guys to replace. Thanks for the years of dedication fellas! Stay tuned to the @AkronBaseball Twitter page for tryout and season updates heading into the fall semester. Until next time...
District IV Playoff Results
Akron's season ended in Buffalo, NY in the District IV tournament by going 1-2 in their 3 games. Carnegie Mellon finds a way to end Akron's season for the second year in a row by giving them 2 losses in the tournament. Slippery Rock ended up beating them in the championship to make it into the World Series.
Game 1 was played against Carnegie Mellon. Sam Kraus pitched a masterful game for his last start of his career but the bats just did not wake up enough to earn him the W.
CMU 2 - Akron 1
L - Kraus
Game 2 was played against Niagara University in the losers bracket. Scott Williams pitched the last game of his career and earned the W in a "Walk-off" (via inside the park home run) run rule victory.
Akron 16 - Niagara 6
Game 3 brought Carnegie Mellon back into the picture. Trevor Rasbach pitched his final game of the season and took the L on another game where the Zips couldn't wake the bats up.
CMU 10 - Akron 2
Akron drew the #1 seed in the tournament and will face #3 seed Carnegie Mellon in the first round. The #4 seed is Slippery Rock, so we will not be playing a conference team in round 1. All of the district tournament brackets are available at http://www.clubbaseball.org/div2/GetFile.aspx?fileId=7329. Follow along with the action on our Twitter page @AkronBaseball starting Friday afternoon at 4pm! Go Zips!
The Zips take all 3 games from a very impressive Slippery Rock team to secure their spot in the 2016 Playoffs!
The double elimination tournament will take place in Williamsville, NY. The winner advances to the World Series in Pittsburg, Kansas!
Akron Finishes the season with an impressive overall record of 28-9(including 4 forfeits), with a conference record of 14-0.
It was a good weekend for the Zips as they received 3 forfeit victories from SUNY Fredonia and 1 from Edinboro. With a last minute slot open, a double header was played against Kent State.
Akron 10 - Kent 5 (9 innings)
W - Byers
Akron 11 - Kent 4
W - Rasbach
After this weekend, the overall record is 24-6 (11-0 conference play).
Spring Season Underway
After shaking the rust off during the first couple of innings, the Zips' bats awakened and the defense solidified to allow back to back victories on Saturday before the third game was rained out on Sunday.
Akron 10 - WVU 5
W - Charlillo
Akron 8 - WVU 4
W - Rasbach
Another semester of Akron Club Baseball has gone by and yet another one filled with winning.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Overall Record: 14-4 (5-0 conference)
All four losses to D1 teams including last year's D2 national champion EKU
Runs Scored: 138 (7.7/game)
(89 for opponents, 4.9/game)
Team Batting Avg: .319
(.246 for opponents)
On Base Percentage: .432
(.331 for opponents)
(6.4 for opponents)
Batters Walked/Game: 2.9
(4.6 for opponents)
The strongest hitting performance of the fall would go by a unanimous decision to Kevin Schirra. Coming off of a torn ACL and not playing a single inning last year, Kevin stepped up into a huge role leading the team in AVG(.562), hits(27), RBI(21), and many other categories.
Hitting stats for the entire team are posted in the "Statistics" tab on the left side of the page.
The top of the pitching rotation was too strong to just single out one player, so we will showcase all 3 of our starters, listed by best ERA:
Scott Williams (4-0, 1 SV) - 1.56 ERA, 27 IP, 6 ER, 23 K, 6 BB, 1.074 WHIP
Sam Kraus (4-1) - 2.48 ERA, 31 IP, 11 ER, 48 K, 17 BB, 1.258 WHIP
Trevor Rasbach (5-1) - 2.93 ERA, 28.2 IP, 12 ER, 25 K, 10 BB, 1.430 WHIP
Pitching stats for the entire team are posted in the "Statistics" tab on the left side of the page.
Senior Spotlight: Tom Hobson
Tom Hobson will be graduating and won't be with us from this point. On behalf of the entire Akron Club Baseball, we'd like to wish Tom good luck with any of his future endeavors!
Tom was a huge contributor on our 2014 World Series run. He was always ready when his number was called. Here are his career stats:
3 Wins, 2 Losses, 7 Saves(club record), 42 IP, 15 ER, 2.53 ERA, 43 K, 14 BB, 1.214 WHIP, 0.222 AVG against, (and my personal favorite club record) 8 batters hit by pitch.
Thanks again Tom for an incredible fun career!
Thanks for taking the time to read our season recap. Follow us on twitter @AkronBaseball, or through this website to find out about tryouts and game schedules for the spring semester. See everyone in March!
Akron 16 - Edinboro 0
An 11 run first inning and the weekly pitching performance from Sam Kraus (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K) led to the strong victory in 5 innings. Jordan Shaffer and Kyle Kronen both sent long shots over the outfield fence to lead the charge!
Akron 19 - Edinboro 3
A steady stream of offense provided another fast victory for Akron. Nick Sanders led the offensive production with 4 RBI.
For box scores, check out the game results tab!
Game 3 was postponed because of rain, and it will be made up during the spring semester.
The Zips opened up conference play with a 3 game series against Cleveland State. After 3 well played games by CSU, Akron prevailed with 3 wins, bringing their overall record to 12-4:
Akron 2 - CSU 1
Walk off base hit from Jordan Shaffer in the bottom of the 8th!
Akron 5 - CSU 4
Walk off base hit from Cameron Campbell in the bottom of the 7th!
Akron 9 - CSU 6
For box scores and pitching stats, view the game results tab.
Akron closes the fall season with 3 more conference games against Edinboro University next weekend.
In a battle of several of last year's playoff teams spanning both divisions, Akron came within two runs of bringing home the championship trophy. They finished the weekend with a 3-2 record. Overall record is now 7-4.
Akron 8 - EKU 2
Akron 9 - Wright State 6
Ohio State(DII) 15 - Akron 1
Akron advanced to the playoff round on Sunday, hosted in Columbus.
Game 4: Semifinals
Akron 2 - Miami(OH) 1
Akron advanced to the championship game
EKU 4 - Akron 2
For box scores and pitching stats, visit the Game Results Tab on the left hand side.
First Week of Games Gives Akron a 3-0 Record
On a great opening weekend, the Zips were led by a superb offensive performance from Zach Propst (4-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI) en route to a 3-0 start to their season.
Game 1: Akron 5 - Kent State 2
On a 2-2 game in the bottom of the 6th, Scott Williams came up with a two run double that hit off the fence in the air, giving the Zips all the lead they needed to come away with the 5-2 victory. The Zips were led by Zach Propst (2-3, HR, RBI) and the pitching of Sam Kraus (4 IP, ER, 2 H, 6 K) and Tom Hobson (W, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K).
Game 2: Akron 15 - Kent State 7
Constant applied pressure from Akron's bats allowed them to pull off the strong victory, despite having 6 errors. They were led by Zach Propst-who hit 2 home runs (2-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and the pitching of Trevor Rasbach (W, 4 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 4 H, 1 BB).
Game 3: Akron 7 - Eastern Michigan 3
The 5 run 3rd inning gave Akron all they needed to close out their great opening weekend with this 7-3 victory over Eastern Michigan. They were led by Jordan Shaffer (2-3, 2 1B, 2 R), Jeff Crawford (2-3, 2 1B, 1 RBI) and Kevin Schirra (2-4, 2 1B, 3 RBI) as well as pitching from Scott Williams (W, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 3 BB)
Zips Close Out Their Season with Two Losses in the District Tournament
After winning their conference for the second year in a row, Akron went to the District V tournament with high hopes of a return trip to the World Series. The bats did not come alive enough to win, sending them home after taking a loss to Ohio State (8-4) and another loss to Carnegie Mellon (4-0).
Akron finished with a final record of 24-9 against all opponents. A strong season to say the least.
We would like to give a special thanks to all of our seniors for their dedication and talents that helped us establish our team as a force to be reckoned with in the NCBA: Ian Adair, Steven Lively, and Vinny Cangelosi. Best of luck with whatever you guys do in your future. We'll be back out on the field in September!