I'll be honest, when Akron beat CMU last night I thought the fast lane for the quarterfinals was open for UB. But the Bulls found out something they already know. John Valek is one hell of a pitcher.
Just as he did a month ago Valek contained the UB offense, even more so this time around. While the Zip scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings UB was for the most part kept out of scoring position. Down 3-0 UB's pitchers tried to keep the Bulls in the game but the offense never showed up.
Then in the eighth inning Akron put the Bulls away with four runs. The UB offense, fresh off a 15-hit game in an upset win over Miami on Wednesday, would record just three hits through the first eight innings of the game as Akron starter John Valek was effective throughout.
Jimmy Topps led off the game for UB with a single, but a walk immediately after to Nick Sinay, a second-inning single from Mike Burke and a single from Mike Burke in the fifth would be all the offense UB would offer while the Zips put up the seven runs.
Anthony Magovney would only last into the fourth inning, and Cory Folk was effective in his first three innings of relief before running into bad luck in the eighth. Brent Cleland threw two hitless innings to close out the game from the 'pen. The lone UB run would come in the bottom of the ninth.
Nick Sinay led off with a single, then moved to third on a double from Matt Pollock. After a walk loaded the bases, Tom Richards would get an RBI on a ground out.
Burke will likely take the ball tomorrow for UB's rematch with Miami. The winner of tomorrow's game must then win two straight games over the Zips in order to earn a trip to the championship round.