Bulls Earn Season's First Walk-off Win, Split Doubleheader
BUFFALO, NY - Playing the fourth and fifth games in as many days, the Buffalo Bulls baseball team gutted its way through a Monday afternoon doubleheader against LeMoyne (22-29), taking game two, 3-2 in eight innings, with a walk-off single from Alex Baldock. The win was the team's fourth in the month of May. The Bulls dropped the opener to the Dolphins, 3-1.
The Bulls took an early 2-0 lead in the second game, and keeping with recent trends, both runs came with two outs in the inning. Jamie Jiron singled to lead off but was stranded after a sacrifice attempt failed to move him to second. Matt Pollock's single put two runners on, and Jason Kanzler smoked a double to right field that scored both runners. Kanzler was thrown out at home later in the inning attempting to score on an Alex Baldock single.
The Dolphins scored a pair of unearned runs off Buffalo starter Michael Burke in the fifth that squared the two teams up at 2-2, a score that would remain until the bottom of the eighth. Kanzler again came up and put a charge into the ball, hitting another double to left field. He proved to be too ambitious, though, as his attempt to turn it into a triple was denied and he was tagged for the second out. Again up against the wall, the Bulls responded quickly as Murphy hit a double to right field and Baldock pushed the count to 3-2 before earning the game-winning single.
Burke finished with no earned runs allowed over five innings, scattering only four hits. Reliever Jonathan Fragulia earned his first career win after one of his strongest outings of the year, three scoreless innings with only three hits allowed.
In the first game of the day, Daniel Ginader was handed the ball for the first start of the season and quickly found his groove, allowing no more than one hit in any inning of the day, striking out six batters. Three Buffalo errors led to two unearned runs off of Ginader, and he was the hard-luck loser despite six strong innings. The lone UB run came in the third inning after two Le Moyne errors allowed Pollock to score.
Now 12-33, the Bulls will hit the road for the first time in almost three weeks, heading to Ohio for three games against the Miami (OH) Redhawks. First pitch on Friday will be at 6 pm.