The Bulls came into today's game looking for their first three game series sweep since they downs the now defunct Akron Zips baseball program in 2014.
Behind an offensive explosion from Vinny Mallaro UB downed UTM for the third time in as many days, evening out their season record at 3-3 and showing that, perhaps, the preseason expectations set for this team were a little low.
UTM did a fine job keeping Chris Kwitzer, who gashed them on Saturday, at bay but Mallaro hit for the cycle, drove in 5 runs and was an all around wrecking crew as UB's designated hitter.
The Bulls went up early on a Mallaro double that scores Kwitzer, who reached on a fielding error. The error was one of four committed by the skyhawks who were for the second day in a row their own worst enemy.
The bulls packed on two more runs in the bottom of the second. Once again UTM leat the lead off hitter, Regan, reach on a fielding error and once again the Bulls scored an unearned run because of it. Also scoring in the second was Andrew Taft who was singled in by Bobby Sheppard.
UTM countered in teh bottom of the third, scoring two runs to close within 1 but the tight game was short lived thanks again to Vinny Mallaro.
Mallaro got his triple in the 4th. Driving in Sheppard, Alex Thrower, and Taft. UTM scored on a one run shot in the bottom of the frame pulling to within 2, the closest they would get the rest of the contest.
Mike Abrunzo hit a one out solo shot over the right field wall in the fifth and then in the 6th inning UB would explode.
The Bulls started the 6th with a solo homer from Mallaro followed by a three run Taft shot five batters later. Ben Haefnew would complete the 5 run inning when Sheppard drove a deep sac line drive to left.
Mallaro got his single in the 7th, he and Ben Vey scored later on back to back wild pitches. The Bulls would add another in the frame when Haefner drive a sac line drive deep into center, scoring Connor Regan.
UTM matched the Bulls three runs in the 7th and put together a nice run in the Bottom of the 9th to make things interesting but they Skyhaws simply dug themselves in too deep of a hole.
Player Of The Game:
In a 15 run game there were a lot of nice offensive performances but picking the player of the game is easy when someone has a day like Mallaro did. The UB record books unfortunately don't list the last time a Bull hit for the Cycle but I believe it's been awhile.