Given Saturday's results, Friday's walkoff loss to Arkansas looms a little more disappointing for UB Softball fans. The Bulls fall 8-4 in a rematch against Wright State and 7-1 to Northern Iowa, with a single game against the Panthers remaining on the weekend tomorrow.
The UB offense, so prolific on Friday, could not turn 11 hits into more than four runs - and three of four runs came on homers - against Wright State, and managed only five hits and two walks against Northern Iowa.
In the morning tilt, freshman pitcher Lace Smith allowed three runs in the second inning, on a walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt, and a triple, and Buffalo never got closer than two as Taylor Light stepped in for a few innings but also ultimately surrendered three runs herself. Bobbi Langlois pitched the final three innings, allowing just a single run in both the sixth and seventh innings.
UB had something of a two-out rally in the fifth inning as Sarah Edwards hit a two-run homer and Kenzie Koch subsequently reached base, but they wouldn't score again in the 8-4 final. Edwards is already the third Bull with multiple home runs on the year. Lauren Gambone had hit her team-leading fourth earlier in the game.
In the nightcap, the Bulls again gave up three runs in the second inning and played from behind throughout. This time it was Brieanna Baker in the circle, relieved by Charlotte Miller in the sixth inning. Together they limited big hits from the Panthers, but Northern Iowa was consistently able to get runners on base, move them around, and drive them in with singles.
UB's offense had its poorest game since the beginning of the Hampton Invitational, managing only five hits and generating a single run on Edwards' second-inning triple. Buffalo did manage two walks in the third and consecutive singles in the fifth but did nothing with either opportunity.
A rematch with Northern Iowa looms tomorrow morning in the final game of the weekend.