BUFFALO, NY - In a game just as wild as the first meeting not a week prior, the UB baseball team lost to cross-town rival Canisius (15-7) Tuesday afternoon, 12-11. Jimmy Topps finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, but the Golden Griffins chipped away at an early UB lead to pull out the win.
Buffalo (10-8) was able to build a 10-0 lead through the first four innings, highlighted by eight runs in the top of the fourth. After scoring 17 run in the fourth inning of the previous 17 games, the Bulls used five hits and a wild streak from the Canisius pitching staff to put up the most runs in a single inning since March 24 of 2011 against Central Michigan. An a foreshadowing of things to come, the fourth inning started with Thomas Richards reaching base on a wild pitch on a swinging third strike. It would be the first of four wild pitches in the inning.
Richards would come home on a wild pitch to make it a 3-0 game, and the third wild pitch would put runners on second and third with still no outs. Mike Scarcello would single home a run, then steal second to again put a pair of Bulls in scoring position. After Nick Sinay was beaned by a pitch, Matt Pollock would collect two RBI on a single before another wild pitch would move him and Sinay to second and third, respectively.
Tyler Mautner was plunked to again load the bases, and Mike Burke would bring him in with a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning. Now batting for the second time in the inning, Richards would single back up the middle and load the bases yet again. A walk drawn by Kyle Brennan, a RBI single from Brian Dudek and a walk for Scarcello would rotate the runners and bring in the final three runs of the inning.
The Griffs would kick off the rally in the home half of the fourth, scoring three runs to make it a 10-3 game. They would score eight unanswered runs in the middle three innings to pull within two before UB would get its final run of the game. After a leadoff triple, Topps would single in the run for an 11-8 lead, but Canisius would get four runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the 12-11 win.
Mike Kaelin threw three scoreless innings as the team's starter for the game, and freshmen Alec Tuohy and Brent Cleland teamed with Dan Ginader out of the bullpen to finish out the game. Joining Topps with multi-hit games was Sinay, Richards, Mautner and Brennan.
Next up for the team will be a three-game series against Mid-American Conference leader Ball State. The series will be played at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, after it was decided that Amherst Audubon Field was not ready for the home opener. First pitch at Tribune Field is scheduled for 3 pm Friday.