Going into Mount Pleasant to take on the Chippewas this weekend was a big test for Buffalo. After CMU swept a double header on Saturday they handed Buffalo the teams first MAC series defeat going back to 2012. On Sunday however behind Mike Burke's pitching and timely hitting UB handed CMU their first conference loss of the season.
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UB would jump out in front quickly taking a 3-0 after two innings. Matt Pollock led off the second inning with a single and would be brought home by a double from Thomas Richards. Kyle Brennan would hit a homre run bringing himself and Richards in to score. The lead held until the third when the Chips would tie the game with an unearned run.
once the game was tied CMU starter Jordan Foley would ultimately retire 14 straight batters before allowing a one-out single in the top of the eighth and CMU's offense would add single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth to take the win.
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In game two UB would once again find themselves with a lead during the early to mid stages of the game.
During the sixth inning of a close game Tyler Mautner brought UB even the game up with one swing, and Pollock would keep the inning alive with a double. He would then come home on the team's second homer of the inning when Richards would drive one out to right for a 5-3 lead.
But the chips fired right back in the home frame of the 6th with three runs of their own. The Bulls would threaten in the eighth and ninth, putting a runner in scoring position in each inning, but neither opportunity would be converted and CMU took a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Sunday Morning Buffalo came out swinging early scoring two runs in three of the first four innings. On the mound Mike Burke shut down CMU, keeping the Chips off the board until the fifth inning. Burke Pitched a complete game game gem, giving up just three runs on eight hits. On the other end five Central Michigan pitchers gave up 11 runs (9 earned) on 14 hits.
Thomas Richards started the UB scoring in the first when his double brought around Matt Pollock and Nick Sinay. Richards would drive in UB's next run in the third inning when he singled in Pollock. In the next at bat Mallaro hit an RBI, bringing in Tyler Mautner.
In the fourth Matt Pollock, already with two runs under his belt, drove in Sinay and Scarcello to make the score 6-0 in favor of UB.
After CMU scored a run in the sixth, and seventh inning Buffalo added two more runs in the top of the eighth. CMU scored one more in the 8th before UB added three insurance runs during the final inning.