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Buffalo Bulls Baseball Drops Two to Ohio

UB came into the day's doubleheader hoping to win their second Mid American Conference series of the year, already up one game to none on Ohio. A win in either game would assure UB ended the weekend with a winning conference mark and allow them to hold onto their second place standing in the MAC east.

Game One: Ohio 3 - Buffalo 1

Game one became a pitching duel between Charlie Sobieraski and Ohio pitcher Jake Rudnicki. A single laps by Sobieraski allowed Ohio to come out on top. Despite holding Ohio to three runs buffalo was beaten because of a weak showing at the plate.

UB did grab the games first lead in the sixth. Vinny Mallaro hit a solo shot with one out but in the next Inning Ohio answered with a homer run of their own. And the Bobcats answer was a two run dinger which gave Ohio all they would need.

Game Two:

Shawn Dubin got the start for Buffalo and despite getting into a couple of early jams he was able to keep the game scoreless going into the 4th inning. That's when the Bulls took advantage of Ohio mistakes to build a 3-0 lead.

With one out Mallaro reached base on a fielding error and Mike Abrunzo followed that with a single. Then Andrew Taft singled to right field, scoring Mallaro. On the same hit Abrunzo advanced all the way to third on a fielding error. Don Kilian, Buffalo's DH, singled to score Abrunzo. Kyle Brennen then hit a double to score Taft.

Ohio tagged Dubin for two runs in the home half of the fourth and a single run in the fifth to keep things tight going into the middle innings.

Ben Vey would put the Bulls back on top with a shot over the left field wall. Vey's first home run of the season gave UB a 4-3 lead and was to that point the only earned run of the game for Buffalo.

Ohio worked the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th but UB reached into their bullpen and Mike Kaelin came in to end the Ohio threat.

The Bulls started to shore up their lead when Chris Kwitzer hit a one out double in the top of the 7th. Ben Haefner was put in to run and Mallaro knocked him in to make the score 5-3.

Ohio roared back in their half of the seventh to tie the game and set up the most important two innings of the series.

Unfortunately for the Bulls they came up short in those two innings as Ohio plated the winning run on a wild pitch to take the game and the series from Buffalo.