Behind strong pitching by senior Mike Burke the Buffalo Bulls downed Quinnipiac and swept the competition at this year's Spartan Classic. UB is now 3-0 on the season after their first series of the year was cancelled due to weather.
Buffalo jumped all over the Bobcats early in game.
In the first inning, after Nick Sinay was walked with one out, he stole second and was brought around on a Matt Pollock single to left field. With the next at bat Tyler Mautner hit a double to bring Pollock around.
Quinnipiac did their best to hang with Buffalo early and it looked like they might have Burke's number. The Cats led off their half of the first inning with two straight base hits but Mike Burke knuckled down to put out the next three batters and end the inning.
Kyle Figgens led off the second with a double and after being moved to third on a fielder's choice he made it home on a Mike Scarcello sacrifice fly. In the third Matt Pollock would hit a one out double and eventually be brought around by freshman Vinny Mallaro's sacrifice fly.
Already up 4-0 Buffalo really put the game away in the fourth by scoring three runs.
With two outs and Scarcello on first after being hit by a pitch it looked like Quinnipiac might get out of the inning without any damage. Then Nick Sinay took his third walk of the game. Matt Pollock followed with a double which scored Scarcello and moved Sinay to third.
A balk by Bobcat's pitcher Pat Egan scored Sinay and moved Pollock to third. Two more consecutive walks brought Pollock in for a run and ended Egan's day.
In the fifth Nick Sinay, who had been patiently taking walks all day got his first of three hits when he put an RBI double over the infield. Scarcello scored on the hit extending the Buffalo lead.
Finally in the sixth inning UB was held of the board and the Cats worked Burke over for a run on three singles and a hit by pitch. The damage could have been worse but a strike from left field caught a Quinnipiac base running trying to make all the way from second on the play.
After six strong innings Mike Burke handed the ball off to Kevin Hughes. It was the first action Hughes had seen since an injury in 2012. Hughes pitched the seventh and eight innings, surrendering only one hit.
UB got on the board again in the eighth. With two out Mautner was walked and then advanced to second by a Richardson single.
Buffalo would finish off their scoring in the ninth. With two outs Scarcello was walked, and then advanced with a wild pitch. Nick Sinay hit a double which pushed in the final UB run.
Mike Kaelin, who is also back from an injury, pitched the ninth inning. The redshirt freshman put the first two batters he faced down. He then walked one of the Cats but forced the next batter to ground out and end the game.
Buffalo will be in action next week at VMI where the Bulls have a pair of games against Maryland Eastern Shore and a single contest against VMI