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Games 33 & 34 Bulls Make Most Of Homecoming

Games 33 & 34 Bulls Make Most Of Homecoming

No hit pitching and power hitting highlighted the Buffalo Softball Bulls home opening sweep of St. Bonaventure.

The weather was perfect, sunny and in the mid-60s, and Terese Diaz's ( Pictured right) pitching in game one of the doubleheader nearly was. Diaz pitched her first collegiate no hitter; and if she had been struggling a bit her sophomore season, she certainly wasn't today. She struck out 16 Bonnies, and St. Bonaventure really didn't come very close to hitting her. Actually, because of the Bulls' offensive surge, she came close to having a five inning, then six inning no hitter as the Bulls nearly run ruled their local rivals. But that didn't seem to affect Diaz at all, as she mowed down batter after batter.

On the offensive side, freshman Jessica Griffin had a career game, and then had another. In game one, she began with an RBI single after a Kristin Waldron triple. Then in the third inning, she launched a moon shot to center field; that ball was whistling. That gave her three RBIs for game one. But she topped her performance in game two, hitting 3 for 4 with another home run and another three RBIs. Jessica Griffin's total output for the day: 5 for 8, two home runs, six RBIs. There's the potential we spoke about last fall.

She wasn't the only Buffalo player coming alive in the batter's box. Kristin Waldron was 4 for 8 with a home run and four RBIs. Alyssa Ward hit a two run home run in game two, and finished the day with three RBIs. Alex Bejarano hit a home run. The Bulls stole seven bases on the day, and had 21 hits. The team was inspired, having fun, and obviously very happy to finally be playing a home game.

It was a great warm up for what's coming this weekend. Ball St. is visiting Nan Harvey Friday. The Cardinals swept Indiana today and are currently at 26-9. A huge test for the Bulls. And then Saturday and Sunday, Buffalo will host Miami, 19-16 and in first in the Bulls' division. It's a chance for Buffalo to take a big step forward, but it will be a difficult road.



I rushed home with Mr. Riley's camera which captured the last out of Terese Diaz's 7-0 no hitter against St. Bonaventure this afternoon. He's still there, and will give a full report later. I can tell you that Jessica Griffin just hit her second homer of the day, giving her 5 RBIs (so far) in the doubleheader. UB is winning the second game 6-0 in the 3rd inning.