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NCAA Baseball - Buffalo Drops Big4 Opener to Canisius

UB Had a chance to steal a road win in Big 4 play but Bull Pen troubles let the Griffs do the thieving.

For six innings UB (12-11) was doing everything it could to hold the Giffs solid batters in check. But when Cory Folk's arm was gone so was Buffalo's chance at a win. Against UB's relievers the Griffs (16-7) scored three times in the bottom of the sixth, then added single runs in the seventh and eighth to earn the win.

The Bulls took a quick 4-0 lead after the first three innings of the game, starting in the second inning. Mike Scarcello singled into the left center field gap to bring home Jon Mestas to get the offense started. Then in the third, Jason Kanzler hit a one-out triple and was then driven in on the next at bat by Alex Baldock, and Tyler Mautner followed with a walk. Ryan Tulloch drove in Baldock with a single to center, and Mautner was able to get to third on the hit. Jon Mestas would cap the scoring with a sacrifice fly. The UB scoring would be capped by another sac fly, this time by Scarcello in the sixth inning, to make it a 5-1 game.

With UB trailing by just one in the top of the 9th Canisius turned to John Fizsimmons to close out the game and the ace maintained his perfect ERA by bringing UB down in order.

UB goes back to MAC play this weekend with a series against Western Michigan.