OXFORD, OH – A five run first inning by the Miami RedHawks on Saturday afternoon denied the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (8-18, 3-8 MAC) their second straight win and forced a rubber match on Sunday. Mike Abrunzo had a career-best game in the 6-3 loss for the Bulls, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run, his team-leading third long ball of the season.
The RedHawks jumped on the Bulls right out of the gate on Saturday afternoon as they opened the game with a leadoff homer run. The RedHawks closed out the first inning with four hits and five runs to put the Bulls in a deep hole to start the game.
The Bulls didn't waste much time getting on the board as Mike Abrunzo connected on his third homer of the season in the top of the second inning. The Abrunzo bomb scored Charlie Sobieraski after he opened the inning with a walk. The two RBI's for Abrunzo give him 13 on the season, ranking second on the team behind Bobby Sheppard's 19.
Miami was able to add another run to their total to make it 6-3 in the third inning after a single, a stolen base and another single scored the runner from second base. The UB offense was not able to string together consecutive hits the rest of the game as they fell by the same score, leveling the series at a game apiece.
Abrunzo had a career day at the plate for the Bulls as he notched a career-high four hits including his team-high third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning. With his two-RBI game, Abrunzo is now tied for the team lead in multi-RBI games with Ben Haefner.
With his single in the first inning, Nick Sinay has now reached base in a season-high 13 straight games. The junior finished 1-for-4 at the plate with two more stolen bases and a hit by pitch in the loss. Sinay now has been hit by a MAC-high 15 pitches and has stolen a MAC-high 24 bases. Shortstop Bobby Sheppard finished the game going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, extending his current team-best hit streak to eight games.
Anthony Magovney took the loss for the Bulls on the mound as he went 6.0 innings while giving up six runs and striking out three batters. Magovney was able to settle down after the first inning, allowing just three hits and one run over his final five innings on the mound. Ben Hartz was impressive in relief as he went 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two batters in his second straight day of work out of the bullpen.
The two squads will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the rubber match. Senior left-handed pitcher Mike McGee will take the mound for the Bulls as they aim for their first MAC series win of the season.