After sweeping the Spartan Classic last week Buffalo Baseball will take part in the three team "VMI Tournament" named after the host. Along with the Virginia Military Institute Buffalo will be joined by the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks.
|Fri, Feb 28||UMES vs. Buffalo||at Lexington, Va.||12:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Feb 28||VMI vs. Buffalo||Lexington, Va.||4:00 p.m.|
|Sat, Mar 01||VMI vs. Buffalo||Lexington, Va.||4:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar 02||UMES vs. Buffalo||at Lexington, Va.||12:30 p.m.|
VMI is coached by Marlin Ikenberry who is in his tenth year with the Keydets. Ikenberry is hoping to snap a two season slump which has seen VMI got 36-71 despite having three players drafted in the Major League draft. So far this season his squad sits at 4-2 with one of those losses coming at the hands of national number one Virginia. The Keydets have a rematch with Virginia today.
Maryland Eastern Shore is struggling out of the gate this year going 0-5 but four of those losses have come at the hands of a very good Georgia Southern team.
This weekend will present UB with a pretty serious problem on the mound.
The Bulls typically have a strong three man weekend rotation of Anthony Magovney, Mike Burke, and Mike McGee. It could be that Cory Folk will get his first start of the year this weekend. The early season depth test could be beneficial when conference play begins.
While VMI could be a very good test the Bulls should be able to take the Maryland Eastern Shore games. While the players on the field have to take the game one pitch at a time as a fan it's fun to consider that UB could come out of this weekend either 7-0 or 6-1 if they play clean ball.