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Bulls pull some nifty hardware before the tournament begins.

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There was little doubt who the MAC coach of the year would be this season.

Before the conference tournament started the MAC was handing out trophies and though the Bulls came a half game short of a coveted banner they did manage to bring home some pretty impressive honors.

head coach Ron Torgalski was also honored as the league's coach of the year, after the two led the Bulls to a 19-7 MAC record and a second place finish. The Bulls were picked in the preseason to finish dead last in the MAC East, and second-to-last overall but Coach Torgalski and the Bulls not only surpassed those expectations, but set dozens of new program "firsts" along the way.

The team did not lose a single conference weekend series all year, finishing with 19 wins that shattered the previous best of 11 set back in 2007. The team also sits at 32 wins for the season, nine more than the 2010 record of 23 for the post-reinstatement era and is currently tied for the most ever with the 1980 team.

Part of Torfalski's success is owed to the MAC Player of the year, UB Senior outfielder Jason Kanzler. Kanzler became the second Bull in three years to win the honor Tom Murphy (in 2011). The Penfield, NY native had a career year, batting .322 with 10 home runs, 46 runs batted in, and 20 steals. He led the conference in slugging percentage, RBI, home runs, and total bases, and played exemplary defense in center field to build off a 2012 season where he was named to the Rawlings Gold Glove team.

His 2013 season ranks in every major statistical category and he continued his march up in the ranks in many other career records.