Light, light week for UB Athletics, but in addition to the Men's Tennis announcement yesterday, we also had a pair of baseball games against Western New York rivals Niagara. I saved this post for today to make sure Tennis got their due on the site.
Anyway, Baseball split their doubleheader with the Purple Eagles, which on the face is good, but in practice was four good innings and a whole lot of not-so-good innings. Buffalo took the first game 13-12 and lost the second 7-1, but was outscored 15-2 after the top of the fourth in the first game.
Still, a win and a loss over the Little Three foe from up north. Everybody got a hit and a run in the win, and both Ben Vey and Mitchell Machi put shots over the fence. Still, the winning run only came in the fifth inning, when Bobby Sheppard drove in Tyler Utz to put UB up 13-9. Alec Tuohy earned the win despite allowing two runs in just over an inning.
In the second game Nick Sinay was the lone bright spot, with half of UB's four hits, and even the lone Buffalo run came only as Sheppard hit into a double play. Brandon Bentley took the loss, surrendering seven runs, though the last three were unearned in the fourth and fifth innings.
Key in both games was UB's offense. Despite 13 runs in the opener, Buffalo only got nine hits and benefited from five Niagara errors and seven walks. In the second game the Purple Eagle defense stiffened and UB only drew three walks on top of their four hits.
UB returns to MAC play and the stronger links of the pitching staff with a home series against Kent State this weekend.