WESTFIELD, IN – Behind a perfect day at the plate in the second game of the afternoon from sophomore Chris Kwitzer, 4-for-4, the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (2-5) salvaged a split of the doubleheader against Dayton on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls dropped the opening game of the day by the score of 7-5 before earning the split with a 6-3 win in game two.
"I am proud of the way we bounced back in game two today," stated head coach Ron Torgalski. "We did a good job in the second game with runners in scoring position and our situational hitting late in the game was big. Scoring runs in the eighth and ninth innings
The UB pitching staff was the story of game two as senior Anthony Magovney earned his first win of the season in game two after fanning six batters and giving up three earned runs in six innings of action. UB sophomore Mike Kaelin continued to shine for the Bulls on the mound as he entered in the seventh inning and didn't give up a hit while striking out three batters, earning his first save of the season. Kaelin now has two straight three inning appearances without allowing a hit for UB.
The Bulls jumped all over the Flyers in the fourth inning to score the first runs of the game. Freshman Ben Vey started the inning off with a double to left field and then Kwitzer singled to right to score Vey from second. A Charlie Sobieraski single and a Justin Gonzalez walk loaded the bases for UB and Nick Sinay singled to right center field, scoring two. Brian Dudek then finished off the inning for UB a RBI single to center field, making the score 4-0 in favor of the Bulls.
Magovney shut the door over the next three innings as he entered the seventh inning with the 4-0 lead. The Flyers finally got on the board in the seventh as they started the inning with a double, a walk and a triple which scored two Dayton batters and chased Magovney from the mound. Kaelin entered the game and allowed a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning with UB leading 4-3.
UB was able to add a run in the eighth inning as Vey started the inning off with a double once again. Kwitzer then stepped in and recorded his first double of the season to score Vey. The double for Kwitzer gave him a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate with a pair of RBI's.
Sinay helped give UB the three run lead in the ninth as he opened up the inning with a walk and then stole second base for his sixth stolen base of the season. After an error by the pitch allowed Sinay to advance to third, Bobby Sheppard hit a deep fly out to score Sinay from third, his team-leading fifth run scored of the season.
Kaelin shut the door in the ninth to give the Bulls the split as he struck out a pair of Flyers and induced a ground ball out to third. Vey finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored.
In game one, UB jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning as Sheppard singled to right field to score Sinay while Brian Dudek advanced to third after a pair of walks. After a double play by the Bulls, Vey doubled to left field and Sobieraski platted two runners, Vey and Sheppard, with a single to center field.
Dayton responded with a run of their own in the first inning off UB starter Ben Hartz. Buffalo came back in the second inning and added to their lead as Justin Gonzalez singled and then Sinay took first base after being hit by a pitch. Sheppard singled to right and then Mike Abrunzo earned a RBI after being hit by a pitch. The Bulls made the score 5-1 after Mallaro advanced to first on an error by the third basemen, scoring Sinay from third.
Dayton got back into the game in the second inning as they were able to score three runners in the inning, making the score 5-4 in favor of the Bulls.
UB held the lead until the fourth inning when Dayton scored a pair of runs off Hartz. The Flyers then added another run in the fifth to make the score 7-5 and forced the Bulls to make a pitching change.
The UB bats went cold in the final three innings however as the Bulls fell 7-5 in the opening game of the doubleheader. Alec Tuohy had his best outing of the season in relief for the Bulls as he closed out the final three innings and did not allow a run while whiffing five batters.
Sobieraski finished game one going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI's while Sheppard went 2-for-5 with one RBI in the loss. Hartz went six innings and allowed seven runs while striking out two Flyers.
The two teams will return to the diamond on Monday for a doubleheader starting at 4:00 pm in Xenia, Ohio at Athletes in Action Field.