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Buffalo Downs Ohio in Game 1

It took UB a little while go get things going but solid long relief by Ben Hatrz along with healthy production by the Bottom of the order pushed Buffalo to a 6-1 win over the Ohio Bobcats.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Ohio (11-32-0) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Buffalo (25-17-0) 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 1 X 6 7 2

The Bobcats (11-32, 6-13 MAC) kept things interesting thanks to a couple of early miscues by Buffalo (25-17, 14-4 MAC) and solid pitching from OU's Miller. But the Bobcat bullpen was unable to hold UB back and the Bulls scored 5 late runs.

Despite a botched pickoff attempt that lead to Ohio's only run Buffalo's went 5.1 innings with just the one unearned run. Then Ben Hartz, who has made a habit of putting in strong middle relief took the ball midway through the 5th to earn the win.

In the bottom of the fourth, The Bulls tied the game up at 1-1 thanks to a two-out single from Mike Scarcello. Kyle Figgins led off with a walk and was moved to third on a bunt and fly out. Then Scarcello hit a laser through the left side of the infield to tie the game up.

Buffalo took the lead for good in a hitless sixth that saw Ohio walk in a one run and allow another via a wild pitch.

Alex Baldock's lead-off double in the seventh inning was follows up by a Thomas Richards two-out double down the right field line that just stayed fair. The hit brought scoring in Baldock and Tyler Mautner. Baldock also scored on a Maunter hit in the eighth.

The bottom third of UB's lineup (Richards, Burke, and Scarcello) went 4-8 with four walks and three runs batted in.

Elsewhere in the MAC Both Kent and NIU won their games meaning that UB maintains a 1.5 game lead over Kent in the East and a half game lead over NIU overall in the conference. Tommorow UB will send Anthony Magovney to the mound for a 1 pm start, as the team looks to build on its current seven-game winning streak in the Mid-American Conference.