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Baseball knocks off league-leading Central Michigan, softball drops two on the road

UB Athletics

This week just keeps going. Usually in the fall and winter most competition is limited to Friday-Sunday. In the spring, baseball and softball regularly compete in the middle of the week. End result is some hectic times.

Since the trio of games against Canisius on Tuesday, Softball has played three more and Baseball one. The ladies lost to Detroit 6-4 in a makeup game yesterday before losing a pair of MAC contests to EMU 15-7 and 5-2, while on the larger diamond UB slugged out 18 hits in an 11-7 win over CMU.

Softball first. In the loss to Detroit, five Buffalo errors led to five Detroit runs as the Titans scored in the first, third, and fifth innings. Three of UB's four runs came on homers as the Bulls made the most of their baserunners, but like too many games this season, the errors were just too much to overcome.

Today's road doubleheader against EMU closely mirrored the pair of games earlier this weekend against Canisius; in the first game Buffalo couldn't keep up with their opponents' offense, but played better in the second, notably thanks once again to strong pitching from Bobbi Langlois.

The first game saw UB open with a three-run home run from Hayley Barrow but then surrender 12 runs over the next three innings before getting mercy-ruled in the fifth even after scoring four more. It's good to see this team score seven, since the offense can be inconsistent, but pitching and defense have to come together.

The second game was better in that the pitching came, but the defense got worse, as three errors allowed for three crucial unearned runs in the three-run loss. Langlois only allowed six baserunners in the game, but five of them made it all the way around.

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After falling behind 3-0 in the first, Baseball roared back to take the lead and didn't slow down in their 11-7 home win over CMU. A 6-4 UB lead after three turned into an 11-4 lead after five, and UB did it without any one big inning; they just for three trips through the order hammered the Chippewa pitching.

All nine UB batters had a hit, all but Vinny Mallaro scored a run, and seven drove in at least one, with Mallaro leading the way with three RBI. Other than three errors on the defensive side, everything went well for UB today.

Baseball remains in action against Central Michigan tomorrow with a home game at 1:00, while Softball continues their road trip to also take on the Chippewas in Mount Pleasant at 2:00 PM.

Go Bulls