Some tough pitching and sloppy defense combined for a rough day for the Penn State baseball team.
Akron’s Jon Pusateri pitched six strong innings while the Nittany Lion defense committed four errors in an 11-2 loss to the Zips on Tuesday afternoon.
Pusateri (2-8), who entered the game with a 9.41 ERA, gave up four hits, a walk and one earned run over six innings.
The Nittany Lions (12-31) used eight pitchers, with Neal Herring pitching the first three innings for the loss, striking out four, allowing five hits and giving up just two runs — both unearned. Only three of the 11 runs allowed were earned, and Penn State pitchers also hit a batter and unloaded four wild pitches.
Akron blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning, combining six singles, two walks, two errors and a run-scoring passed ball.
Penn State got its run on a J.C. Coban RBI single in the first and a Ryky Smith RBI single in the ninth. Luis Montesinos was 2-for-3, and Aaron Novak and Colin Keefe each doubled.
Mike Rembielak, Devan Ahart and Matt Larocca each had three hits in the 16-hit attack for the Zips (12-32).
The Nittany Lions, who have lost five of their last six, travel to Illinois for a three-game series starting Friday.