March 8, 2014

Bulls Hold Off Catamounts for 5-4 Win

ATHENS, GA - After a disappointing loss to Georgia just 24 hours earlier, the UB baseball team (7-2) bounced back with a big win over Western Carolina (8-4) Saturday evening, beating the Catamounts 5-4 in the second game of the Georgia Bulldog Invitational. Mike Burke led the team with a pair of RBI, and Anthony Magovney struck out seven over 6.1 innings for the win.

Tyler Mautner continued his impressive opening month of play with a run-scoring double in the first inning, driving home Matt Pollock with a double to center field. Patience would be key for the team in creating run number two in the very next inning. Burke would lead off with a single, then walks to Brian Dudek, Mike Scarcello and Jimmy Topps would make it a 2-0 game, though the Bulls would squander a chance at a big inning after hitting into a double play in the next at bat.

Magovney would have a bit of a hiccup in the top of the third, as he would maintain his no-hitter but would allow a pair of WCU runs to come across. He walked two runners with one out, then hit the next two before allowing a sacrifice fly. He would ultimately hit four batters in the game, but would allow just the two walks and just four hits before being relieved for Ben Hartz in the seventh.

The Buffalo offense would get their starter a lead back in the home half of the third, when Burke singled home Mautner and Thomas Richards. The bases would be loaded again for UB with just one out, but another twin killing would snuff out another potential big inning.

Hartz would come on to relieve Magovney with one out in the seventh with two runners in scoring position. He would allow a run to come across on a sacrifice fly, but he would allow no more. The Cats would score a run in the top of the ninth to cut it to just one run, 5-4, but Hartz would get the final out with the tying run standing on second to earn his first save of the season.

The team's weekend comes to a close Sunday morning, as it takes on North Florida at 11 am. Burke will toe the rubber trying to win his 16th career game, which would put him just one shy of matching the program's all-time record.