One, two, three! Little Three grudge match games today for the UB diamond sports today. I haven't done an update in a while, but while UB's all-sport dominance against WNY rivals has locked up a cumulative winning record in that measure this year, softball and baseball have a ton of games against local opponents that can change the tenor of the year.
Today Softball had a doubleheader against Canisius, while Baseball faced off with the Golden Griffins for the third time this season. For both teams it was the home opener, deep into the season.
And the results overall, were mixed. Baseball split their first two games with Canisius, but each were high-scoring. Through six innings, UB held a 3-2 lead, but fell apart in the seventh thanks to an error, a wild pitch, and three walks. I suspect that Buffalo's pitching staff had little left to give on their fifth game in six days. They'd work to get closer, but finished with a 7-5 loss.
At Nan Harvey Field, Buffalo welcomed in Canisius the top offensive team in the MAAC. In the first game, UB couldn't stop the Golden Griffins, who scored five in the first three innings and five again in the fourth. Only a Kenzie Koch RBI single in the fifth prevented a mercy-rule shortening.
I wasn't able to follow the second game, but it was a nice turnaround as UB took advantage of solid pitching from Bobbi Langlois (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB) and a number of Canisius errors to stake out a 4-0 lead through four and close out a 4-1 victory when all was said and done, UB's first win in 14 games.
Nick Sinay: 2-5, 2 R, 2 SB
Brian Dudek: 2-4, 3 RBI, SB
Alexis Curtiss: (Game 1) 3-4, 2 R (Game 2) 1-2 1 R
Bobbi Langlois: (Game 1) 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER (Game 2) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER
Softball travels to Detroit tomorrow to make up one game of last week's cancelled doubleheader - I believe the other will not be made up. Baseball gets tomorrow off before a weekend home series against Central Michigan.