BUFFALO, NY - In its shortest roadtrip so far this season, the UB baseball team traveled down Main Street to take on Big 4 rival Canisius (11-7) Wednesday afternoon. The game featured four lead changes, with the Bulls (8-6) coming up on the wrong end of the final swing, losing 12-11 on a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Canisius built up an early 3-0 lead through the first two innings off freshman starter Brent Cleland, but the Bulls would break through with four runs in the top of the third to storm ahead. A walk and hit batter set the team up with just one out, and Matt Pollock would break the inning in with a single through the left side. Tyler Mautner would draw a walk to load up the bases, and Mike Burke would tie the game 3-3 thanks to an opposite-field double. A passed ball would give UB its first lead of the day, 4-3, after three innings.
Buffalo would expand on its lead in the fourth inning with three more runs. Mike Scarcello would drive in a run with a triple to center field, and Nick Sinay would convert the runner with a sacrifice fly. Pollock would draw the one-out walk, and after moving to second on a groundout, Mautner would bring him home with a single to make it 7-3. Another triple, this time by Brian Dudek, would score the team's eighth unanswered run in the fifth, but the Griffs would chip away and eventually take the lead thanks to four runs in the fifth, two in the seventh to take a 9-8 lead and one more insurance run in the eight before the Bulls would respond.
Scarcello led off the top of the ninth with a single, then moved all the way to third thanks to a pair of wild pitches during Sinay's at bat. He would eventually walk and stole his third base of the game to put the tying run in scoring position still with just one out. Vinny Mallaro would score Scarcello on a sacrifice fly, but the team was down to its last out. Mautner would come through in the clutch, though, with a RBI single to score Sinay and tie the game. Chris Kwitzer's single two batters later would bring in the go-ahead run for an 11-10 lead, but the Griffs would lead off the bottom of the ninth with a single and followed with a one-out home run to end the game.
The game, which was scheduled in place of the team's cancelled game at Valparaiso, brings an end to the main portion of the non-conference schedule. Mid-American Conference play begins Friday at Northern Illinois.