I let you all down yesterday and am picking up the pieces now. I planned on two articles, one for Softball and Baseball, and one for all the other sports, but then real life hit, neither got up actually on Saturday, and it's been condensed to a single post today before all the Sunday action starts.
Coming off their wonderful 11-7 win over MAC-leading Central Michigan, UB couldn't put together two straight days of offense and was throttled, 7-2, by the Chippewas.
Buffalo committed three errors in the game, but also surrendered 15 hits as CMU led 6-0 after four and coasted to the end. UB's two runs and three of their six hits came only on a small rally in the ninth. Even Nick Sinay struggled, going 0-4 with a single stolen base, and even a caught stealing.
The rubber match of the series with the Chippewas is today at Audobon Field at 1:00 PM.
In three doubleheaders this week, softball has lost the first game and seriously improved in the second. Yesterday in Mount Pleasant, the improvement was enough to get a win out of the Central Michigan Chippewas, and even the first game was a close affair at 5-3. UB won the second 4-2.
Trena Peel went with Bobbi Langlois instead of Charlotte Miller for the first game. Langlois has been pitching better lately, and started the Bulls off with two scoreless innings before Hayley Barrow took over. Even though Buffalo would once tie the game at 2-2, Barrow allowed nine runners in four innings and couldn't overcome three UB errors in the game as CMU scored thrice in the fifth.
Miller got the start in the second game, only to be pulled after one inning in which she gave up two runs. Fortunately, Langlois came back in and shut CMU down for the rest of the game, allowing only four hits in the final six innings. A big UB rally in the sixth took advantage of a CMU error and a big double from Stephanie Beuther to stake out four runs and the lead, which UB held for the win.
Langlois was the star of the day, pitching a combined 8.0 innings and surrendering no runs, but Leandra Jew (3-5, 2R) and Alexis Curtiss (3-8, R, RBI) also made their mark for the Bulls. Curtiss in particular shines; she's been reliable at the top of the order all season and now holds the school record for doubles in a season, doubles in a career, and hits in a season.
She's also on fire, even for her:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/UBBullssoftball">@UBBullssoftball</a> played seven games this past week and Alexis Curtiss batted .520 (13-for-25) with 4 doubles, 2 HRs and 8 runs scored.</p>— Brian Wolff (@UBBrianWolff) <a href="https://twitter.com/UBBrianWolff/status/589565150954450944">April 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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4-3 wins are the name of the game for both tennis teams lately, as UB knocked off Northern Illinois to clinch a spot in the six-team MAC Tournament.
Despite being 4-3 at the end, Buffalo really had control of this match, winning the doubles point 2-0 while also leading in the third, abandoned doubles set, and winning both of the two-set singles matches (Margarita Kotok at #2, Dayana Agasieva at #4) to claim an early 3-0 lead.
Of course, UB only won one of the remaining four matches, but they only needed one, as Laura Holterbosch at #5 came from behind to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. UB pushed Northern Illinois to three sets in all three of their losses, as well.
The MAC Tournament for Women's Tennis begins this Friday.
It's Harvey Cup weekend! UB's lone home competition of the spring is an annual faceoff against Eastern Michigan, and the two teams were joined by Duquesne and Mercyhurst yesterday. Unfortunately for the Bulls, EMU claimed the Cup for the first time in the history of the event, beating UB's Varsity 8 boat by just over half a second.
In the other two races, though, Buffalo dominated, beating EMU by four seconds in the Varsity 4 and by over 30 in the Second Varsity 8.
UB faced off with Duquesne earlier in the day, with the same results: a loss from the Varsity 8 boat, but wins from the Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 8.
Track and Field
UB has split up and traveled to three different meets over the past week, and still managed to set a new school record.
During the school week itself, Mike Morgan and Emma Siuciak went out to California to compete in their multi events. Morgan, of course, is one of the very best in the country in the decathlon, and Siuciak should make a strong run at a MAC title herself in the heptathlon. Morgan finished sixth out of 20 competitors, Siuciak ninth of 50.
On Friday, a small contingent of distance runners traveled to Princeton, where Meg Manley (800) and Melinda Wheeler (1,500) both hit MAC Qualifiers.
The most prolific showing on the UB weekend, though, was at Cornell, where Camaria Long led the way with a school-record 23.63 in the 200m dash. UB claimed victory in 14 events and 19 further top-three finishes.
In addition to Long's 200m mark, Buffalo hit 10 further MAC Qualifiers. Kailyn Arcury and Christine Lyttle qualified in the 110 hurdles, and were joined by Regine Lazard to go 1-2-3 in the event. Also in sprints, Malayah White hit the mark in the 100m dash, while Jake Wray, Darien Johnson and Josh Gali matched that effort in the men's 110m hurdles and 100m and 200m dashes, respectively.
In jumps, Tyra Forbes was a double-winner on the women's side, while Austin Ashby and Ryan Billian went 1-4 to both hit the long jump qualifier for the men.
Taylor Woods won both the discus (MAC Qualifier) and hammer, while Joanna Hallisy won the shot for the women, while Devin Patterson (MAC Q) and Ryan Cribbin went 2-3 in the men's shot put.
John and I will be doing our once-again-regular webcast tonight at 10:30. We hit all UB sports, but if you want us to talk about anything in particular, let us know in the comments or on Twitter.