Buffalo Baseball: UB takes down Miami to advance to MAC Semis

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Mike Burke obliterates the Miami offense and UB manages an efficient 4 runs on 5 hits to advance another round to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.

UB will get another shot at the Akron Zips in the MAC Tournament.

After falling to the Zips yesterday afternoon, UB topped Miami 4-0 for their second win over the favored Redhawks in this tournament. With the loss, Miami was eliminated, and by the end of today UB will be one of four teams remaining with a shot at the MAC title.

Needing a win to stay alive, Coach Torgalski turned to staff ace Mike Burke, who delivered in a big way all game, even if late insurance runs in the 8th and 9th helped. Burke would ultimately pitch the full nine innings in just 102 pitches, striking out 4, walking none and spreading 7 Miami hits across the afternoon.

On the offensive side, the Bulls were able to take advantage of a walk, hit by pitch, and a sac fly in the first inning to plate a run, and then add three insurance tallies in the final two innings to keep Burke comfortable in the deepest stretches of the game.

In the 8th, doubles from Jimmy Topps and Matt Pollock sandwiched around a Nick Sinay sac bunt scored another run, and Pollock would score a few batters later on a Miami error. A leadoff double in the 9th by Kyle Brennan turned into a fourth run when Brian Dudek was able to drive him in with a single, and all that was left was for Burke to trot back out to the hill and retire the Redhawks for the final time on just 8 pitches to ice it for Buffalo.

UB advances to face Akron tomorrow, needing two wins over the Zips to reach the MAC Championship. Go Bulls!

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