Outfield of dreams

UB Athletics

After losing Tom Murphy to the major league baseball draft UB goes from scrappy challenger to outsider. Still there is hope for the Bulls and it's to be found in their outfield.

College Sports Madness released their 2013 Mid-American Pre-Season All-Conference Teams and two Bulls were found.

Matt Pollock, a senior from Sagamore Hills, spent last season putting together one of the greatest single seasons in program history. He finished the year being named All-MAC, All-Academic, and All-Mideast Region teams. He ranked in the top five in the MAC in all three batting percentages (including a first-place finish in slugging), home runs, total bases, and runs scored. Also in the top 25 nationally in slugging percentage.

At the plate he batted .357 with a .638 slugging percentage and a .447 on-base percentage. Pollock led the team with 79 hits and 56 runs scored. He also managed 44 RBI's as the team’s leadoff hitter and hit 12 homers, 18 doubles, and four triples.

In UB's record book last year put Pollock second in runs, hits, and home runs, ninth in slugging percentage, and sixth in RBI's.

He is joined on the list by second team pick Jason Kanzler.

Kanzler is a transfer from North Eastern who won a ABCA's Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012. He wsa also named to the All Conference second team last season.

His perfect fielding percentage won him the Gold Glove but Kanzler also impressed at the plate. He ranked ninth in the MAC in batting average, runs scored, and hits, fifth in slugging percentage and home runs, eighth in stolen bases, and tied for first in triples. His 14-game hit streak helped propel the Bulls into the MAC baseball championships and by Ohio and Western Michigan

Kanzler may be the biggest speed threat on the roster having stole 17 bases in 21 attempts.

Date Opponent
Friday, February 15, 2013 at North Carolina A&T
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at North Carolina A&T
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at North Carolina A&T
Friday, February 22, 2013 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
Friday, February 22, 2013 at VMI
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at VMI
Sunday, February 24, 2013 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
Friday, March 01, 2013 at Longwood
Saturday, March 02, 2013 at Longwood
Sunday, March 03, 2013 at Longwood
Friday, March 08, 2013 at Memphis
Saturday, March 09, 2013 at Memphis
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Memphis
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Belmont
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Vanderbilt
Friday, February 15, 2013 vs. Oakland
Friday, March 15, 2013 at Dayton
Saturday, March 16, 2013 vs. Oakland
Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Dayton
Friday, March 22, 2013 Central Michigan *
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Central Michigan *
Sunday, March 24, 2013 Central Michigan *
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Canisius
Friday, March 29, 2013 at Western Michigan *
Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Western Michigan *
Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Western Michigan *
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at St. Bonaventure
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at St. Bonaventure
Friday, April 05, 2013 Toledo *
Saturday, April 06, 2013 Toledo *
Sunday, April 07, 2013 Toledo *
Friday, April 12, 2013 at Eastern Michigan *
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Eastern Michigan *
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Eastern Michigan *
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Canisius
Friday, April 19, 2013 Kent State *
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Kent State *
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Kent State *
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Niagara
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Niagara *
Friday, April 26, 2013 at Akron *
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Akron *
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Akron *
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 Canisius
Friday, May 03, 2013 Ohio *
Saturday, May 04, 2013 Ohio *
Sunday, May 05, 2013 Ohio *
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at Niagara *
Friday, May 10, 2013 at Miami (OH) *
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Miami (OH) *
Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Miami (OH) *
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 St. Bonaventure
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 St. Bonaventure
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Bowling Green *
Friday, May 17, 2013 at Bowling Green *
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Bowling Green *
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