Courtesy of Akron Sports Information
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Akron came up short in its final two games Monday at the Rebel Spring Games, falling to Lehigh 4-0 in game one and dropping a 3-1 contest to Fairleigh Dickinson in game two. Erin Seiler pitched two complete games for the Zips, posting a combined 14 strikeouts and evening her record to 5-5 on the season.
A pair of singles in the seventh inning off the bats of Shawna Hochstetler and Alissa Birkhimer broke up what was a Lehigh no-hitter through six, but the Zips' offense was quiet other than that in a 4-0 loss in game one.
Lehigh (4-3-1) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double from its third baseman, and bringing two across on an Akron error.
UA did not find a baserunner until the bottom of the sixth when McKenzi Rhodes drew a leadoff walk, but Iesha Mountain was caught stealing after coming in to pinch run and the Zips were unable to capitalize.
Lehigh tacked one more on in the top of the seventh, and Akron had one last chance to answer in the bottom half of the inning. Hochstetler singled to get the offense going, and Birkhimer's hit came two batters later to put two on with one out.
Rachael Ratcliffe drew a walk to load the bases for Jessica Schneider who grounded into a double play to end the rally.
Seiler struck out nine and walked two in the effort.
Akron scattered six hits across its lineup but brought home its only run of the day on an RBI single from Cassie Gleisner in the top of the second in a 3-1 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson in game two.
Schneider doubled to left field to start the second frame. Rhodes laid down a bunt single to advance pinch runner Alexa Montesano to third to put runners on the corners with no outs. Mountain came in to run for Rhodes and was caught stealing, but Gleisner's single up the middle that followed was enough to bring home Montesano.
Gleisner would eventually advance to third as Keelia Nester reached safely on an error, but Nester was caught stealing as well to end Akron's threat.
FDU third baseman Angelique Nieves was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to pace the Knights (5-4).
Seiler did not allow a walk and struck out five in six innings of work.
The Zips will play in their final non-league tournament this weekend at the George Washington Invitational March 16-17. Akron will play a doubleheader versus St. John's (N.Y.) and GWU starting at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.