In last week's midweek baseball game against Canisius, Buffalo was able to keep things close late thanks to strong pitching from Brandon Bentley, but a few errors in the seventh snowballed and the Golden Griffins scored seven after scoring 13 and five in an earlier win and loss against the Bulls.
This afternoon there was no late-inning suspense in the 16-5 Canisius win -- a UB home game played at Canisius' Demske complex -- as like they have in four matchups with the Bulls now the Golden Griffins piled on the runs. UB's offense did manage five themselves, but didn't threaten the 'visitors' at all.
Once again, though, errors hurt the Bulls dearly. Bentley took the mound in the midweek game only to leave after four innings with a 9-1 deficit -- Buffalo did score in the second on a Charlie Sobieraski home run -- though "only" six of those runs were earned. UB committed four errors on the day, and in addition to Bentley's, Logan Harasta's line suffered thanks to the defense, as all three scored on his watch were unearned.
Offensively, UB did some damage, scoring five times on nine hits and stranding only three runners despite leading off fiveseparate innings with hits. It was especially nice to see Mitch Machi add a three-run homer to Sobieraski's earlier shot, but on a day you give up 16 runs, only eight earned, on 15 hits, five runs from the offense just won't do it.
Sobieraski finished 2-4 with two runs, while Chris Kwitzer also had a pair of hits. Buffalo returns to MAC action this weekend with a road trip to Western Michigan before another regional rivalry doubleheader against Niagara next Tuesday.