WESTFIELD, IN - The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, baseball team picked up their first MAC win of the season as they defeated Northern Illinois, 5-1. The conference-opening series was played in Westfield, IN due to unplayable field conditions in Buffalo.
UB had the bats working early in the contest as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. The first three Bulls all reached base, beginning with a single from Nick Sinay, who came in to score during the next at bat following a triple to left center by Tanner Robinson. Bobby Sheppard then hit an infield single, scoring Robinson. UB picked up its third run following an error in left field by the Huskies.
UB starter Mike McGee was sharp for the Bulls as he allowed just one hit and one run in in 5.0 innings pitched as he stuck out nine Northern Illinois batters. The Huskies scored a run in the top of the second to pull within 3-1, but got no closer.
The Bulls scored single runs in the bottom of the third and the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 5-1 and they got a solid outing out of the bullpen from Ben Hartz, who pitched the final 4.0 innings, scattering three hits and striking out five as he picked up his first save of the year.
The Bulls outhit Northern Illinois, 10-4, led by a 3-for-4 game from Ben Vey and two-hit games from Sinay and Sheppard. McGee, who picked up his second win of the year, and Hartz combined to strike out 14 NIU batters.
UB will return to Western New York on Tuesday afternoon as it will travel to Canisius with a 2:00 pm first pitch.