NORFOLK, VA - Pitching continued to carry the flag for the Buffalo baseball team in day two of its season-opening trip to Norfolk State for the Spartan Classic, with Anthony Magovney throwing 7.1 shutout innings in a 4-2 win over Villanova (0-4). The Bulls (2-0) were led offensively by Tyler Mautner's two hits and two RBI.
As the home team in the neutral-site matchup, the Bulls would score the game's first run thanks to the first of three Wildcat errors that came in the first inning. Jimmy Topps led off with a double, then moved to third on an error. After Matt Pollock was plunked, UB would have the bases loaded still with no outs. Mautner would convert with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead after one.
The Bulls would push across single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to cap off its offense. In the fifth, Pollock would hit a two-out double and Mautner would follow immediately with a triple to the gap in right center field and in the sixth, another error would score Mike Burke with two outs. The team would rally back from a double play in the seventh, when Thomas Richards doubled home Mautner all the way from first.
Magovney settled in for a solid afternoon in his first start of the season, allowing just two hits and walking two batters while striking out five. He allowed just one Wildcat to reach second base and allowed just one base runner at any given time. He would retire the side in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Two of Villanova's five hits in the game would come in the ninth after a two-run home run came off sophomore reliever Ben Hartz. He would recover to induce a double play that would end the game.
Aside from Mautner's two hits, Burke would also have a multi-hit game with a 2-4 performance. The Bulls will wrap up the weekend in the mid-Atlantic tomorrow morning, facing Quinnipiac at 10 am.