March 15, 2014

Pitching Powers Saturday Split

RICHMOND, VA - Pitching was the story of the day as the Bulls (8-5) wrapped up action with a doubleheader at the PK5 Classic, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. Anthony Magovney would lock up his fourth win of the season with seven shutout innings in a 2-1 win over Lafayette, but the Bulls would be shut out against the host Rams (15-3) in a 1-0 loss.

Against Lafayette (5-7), Magovney was dominant over all seven innings of work. He would allow a single in the first at bat of the game, but that would be it for the rest of his day. In total, he would have three innings without allowing a baserunner and recorded 12 outs via the ground ball. He would only strikeout one batter, but trusted his defense to support him and they would do just that.

The UB offense would struggle in both games, but were able to stake Magovney a two-run lead early in the doubleheader opener. In the second inning, Tyler Mautner reached on an error and would then score on a triple from freshman Chris Kwitzer. He would then come home on another error, this time by the Lafayette catcher.

Kevin Hughes would enter in the eighth and allowed a run to come home in the ninth but recovered to lock down the save. Magovney now owns a 4-0 record this season and a 1.63 earned run average over 27.1 innings.

Pitching would again dominate in the nightcap, as Mike Burke squared off against VCU's Heath Dwyer. The senior righty would go eight innings and allowed just a single run in the first inning, but it would not be enough. Dwyer struck out 15 UB batters and went for a complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits and walked four. Freshman Vinny Mallaro had the best game of any batter for the Bulls, going 1-2 with a double and a walk.

The hard-luck loser, Burke falls to 1-1 this season, despite owning a 0.93 ERA and allowing just three earned runs over 29.1 innings pitched.

The main portion of the non-conference season comes to a close on Wednesday, as the Bulls travel to Valparaiso to take on the Crusaders for a single game. Then on Friday, the Mid-American Conference season begins in DeKalb, when UB takes on Northern Illinois for a three-game weekend. First pitch against Valpo is scheduled for 3 pm.