UB Bats Come Alive in Rout
FARMVILLE, VA - After a frustrating day at the plate in the first game of a weekend series against Longwood Friday, the Buffalo baseball team (5-4) found its power stroke in the middle game Saturday afternoon, cranking out three home runs and seven extra base hits in total to lead an 11-4 rout of the Lancers (4-4). Anthony Magovney earned his second win of the season after a solid seven-inning start, and Jason Kanzler recorded four hits and came just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
Buffalo opened the scoring in an unconventional manner, starting with a hit batter to lead off the game. A botched pickoff attempt moved him to second, and another Lancer error would score him. In the second inning, Mike Scarcello drew a leadoff walk and was moved over on a bunt single by Kyle Brennan. A wild pitch would move Scarcello to third, and Jimmy Topps executed a suicide squeeze that would make it a 2-0 game. A single up the middle by Kanzler would score Brennan and make it a 3-0 game after the first two innings.
In the fourth, Topps led off with a double and would trot home thanks to Kanzler's two-run home run to left. Kanzler's home run was the fourth of the season and the 13th of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh on the career home run list. Also with a pair of stolen bases in the second inning, he moves into the program's top 10 for career swipes and is now tied for ninth with 33 steals.
Tyler Mautner built off the home run with a double to left center in the very next at bat, and he would eventually be driven in from third on a groundout by Thomas Richards. Longwood would score an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and another run on a sacrifice fly in the fith to make it a 6-2 game, but the Bulls would put the nails in the coffin in the sixth and seventh innings.
Kanzler led off the sixth with a triple and was driven in on a sac fly from Alex Baldock, and Richards then followed with a solo home run to right center. In the seventh, Scarcello was plunked to start the inning, and Brennan would convert with a two-run home run down the left field line for his first career home run. A walk and another hit batter would put runners on first and second with two outs. Baldock would tally his fourth double of the season and earned an RBI to push the score to 11-2.
That would be more than plenty for Magovney, who was consistent in his performance, pitching seven innings and allowing just two earned runs while walking just one batter and striking out three. Now after three starts, the sophomore righty has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any start. Cory Folk pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth, and Tyler Wilson closed the game out in the ninth with one run allowed.
The Bulls will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon, sending Mike Burke to the mound for a 1 pm start.