Bulls Lose to Kent State, 7-5
KENT, OH - After weather cancelled three straight games, the Buffalo baseball team was back in action Friday afternoon against Kent State, a week after its last game. Despite grabbing the lead on two different occasions, Buffalo lost the first of three games to the Golden Flashes, 7-5.
The long ball came in handy early in the game, as Jordan Camp hit a shot to left field that also scored River McWilliams, giving Buffalo a 2-0 lead after two innings. Kent State soon answered with three runs in the bottom of the third, but another home run helped put UB on top later in the game.
Down 4-2 in the sixth, Alex Baldock put the team back on the board with a RBI triple that drove in Andrew Smietana. After a pitching change, Eric Bryce smoked a two-run home run to left field on an 0-2 pitch, giving Buffalo a 5-4 lead. The Flashes scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it and added two more runs in the seventh to win game one.
Josh Edwards took the loss after pitching 6.1 innings and allowing six runs (five earned). Kevin Hughes pitched the rest of the way, allowing one run in 1.2 innings. The team made the most of its five total hits, scoring all five runs off of the triple and two home runs. While the 1-2-3 hitters in the lineup was held hitless, the 4-5-6 hitters came through with four of the five hits by the Bulls.
Now 7-26, Buffalo will look to snap its recent losing streak Saturday against the East-division-leading Flashes (24-12). First pitch is set for 1 pm, with a doubleheader possible due to poor weather in the forecast.