BUFFALO, NY - Senior Thomas Richards opened and closed the team's scoring Saturday in a 6-3 win over Akron (21-20, 9-8 MAC), clinching the series victory with a four-RBI game. Anthony Magovney earned his team-best sixth win of the season and Cory Folk closed it out with two shutout innings for his third save.
In the first inning, a wild start by Akron starter J.T. Brubaker allowed UB (19-16, 10-6 MAC) to score twice. Jimmy Topps, Nick Sinay and Tyler Mautner would all walk, and Richards would strike with a single through the right side to plate a pair. Brubaker would settle down for the next few innings, and the Akron lineup would score three runs in the top of the third off Magovney to take its first lead of the weekend.
The offense would chip away at Brubaker to give Magovney the lead back, scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth to go back up in the game. In the fourth, Matt Pollock would score Topps from second on a single, then in the fifth the go-ahead run would score after the Zips were unable to convert an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
After his rocky third inning, Magovney would settle in for a solid start. After the third, he allowed just three hits and negotiated a threat in the seventh to end his day on a high note. The Zips got back-to-back singles but got a ground out to end it. He finished with six strikeouts and a walk over his seven innings.
The UB offense was unable to score in the sixth and seventh, but added important insurance runs from Richards in the eighth to seal the win. Topps led off with a single, and Sinay beat out a sacrifice attempt for an infield single. A sacrifice from Pollock moved both into scoring position, and Richards would smoke a 1-2 pitch back up the middle to plate them both and give Folk a 6-3 lead heading to the ninth.
Folk would nail down the save by allowing just a single hit in the eighth inning and striking out a pair. His third save of the season is a team high and puts him in the top 10 in program history for a single season.
Eight Bulls would have a hit in the game, led by Mike Scarcello's three hits and a pair of singles from Richards and Tyler Mautner. Topps and Sinay would score five of the team's six runs.
Mike Burke will move to the mound tomorrow afternoon, looking to seal the team's second sweep in the last three weekends. First pitch tomorrow will be at 1 pm at Amherst Audubon Field.