UB Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader
LEXINGTON, VA - After poor weather pushed the weekend schedule back a day, the Buffalo baseball team (2-3) split a pair of Saturday games on the campus of Virginia Military Institute. The Bulls beat Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-2) 9-6, but lost to the host Keydets (1-4) 6-4 in the second game of the day.
In game one, the Bulls were able to jump on the Hawks early, scoring all nine runs in the first four innings of play. After UMES scored a lone run in the first inning, the Bulls answered back with two in the bottom of the first. Jason Kanzler hit a one-out solo home run to tie the score, and Alex Baldock and Tyler Mautner hit back-to-back doubles to put UB up for good. Another pair of runs would come in on a two-run home run by Jon Mestas in the second inning. The senior pulled his first homer of the season over the left field wall to bring in Kyle Figgins, who preceded him with a single.
The Bulls would really blow the game open in the third inning. After the Hawks scored a lone run to make it 4-2, Buffalo earned walks to the first two batters in the third inning. Mautner would bring in one run on a single, and after a sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, Michael Scarcello found the left center field gap to bring in both runners. He would be scored by Figgins, who line a double of his own down the right field line.
Maryland-Eastern Shore would make it a game late, scoring three runs in the final two innings that included two unearned runs in the ninth off reliever Daniel Ginader.
Anthony Magovney earned the win thanks to a solid outing, allowing three runs over six innings of work. He struck out five batters and scattered seven hits in his time on the mound. Ginader allowed only one earned run in three innings out of the 'pen, striking out a pair and walking none.
The Bulls were consistent in its second game, but a hiccup in the middle innings proved to be enough to lift the Keydets to the win. Scoring would open up in the top of the second, when Baldock led off with a solo home run, and Mestas drove in Scarcello on a single through the left side that converted an early single from Scarcello. Another run would come in thanks to a VMI error in the fifth, but the host Keydets would respond with five runs to take a 5-3 lead.
The game would be drawn within one in the seventh, when Kanzler struck for his second home run of the afternoon. VMI added a sixth insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and Buffalo would fall in order in the top of the ninth.
The two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 pm.