OLEAN, NY – The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (10-18, 4-8 MAC) collected their third win in four games on Tuesday afternoon against Big Four rival St. Bonaventure. The Bulls offense used a five run seventh inning to collect a 9-8 road victory.
The UB offense continued to score runs in bunches on Tuesday afternoon and that proved to be the difference once again as they collected five runs in the seventh inning to down the Bonnies. No UB player has been happier to see the Bonnies than sophomore Vinny Mallaro who went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a team-high three RBI's. Mallaro has killed the Bonnies this season, collecting a team-best two home runs and seven RBI's in two matchups.
The big seventh inning started off with three straight singles from Charlie Sobieraski, Mike Abrunzo and Chris Kwitzer before Ben Vey grounded out to score the first run of the inning. Mallaro stepped in next and ripped a two-RBI double into left field to score Abrunzo and Kwitzer. After a passed ball and a walk to Brian Dudek, Justin Gonzalez recorded a sacrifice fly to right field to score Mallaro. Dudek stole second on the very next pitch and then Nick Sinay hit a single to right field that scored Dudek and made the score 9-4 in favor of the Bulls.
The Bulls jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning as they scored three runs off starting pitcher Aaron Phillips. Nick Sinay started the game with a walk and a stolen base before being picked off of second for only the second time this season. Ben Haefner then connected on a double to center field and Sobieraski walked to give the Bulls two on. Kwitzer stepped in and cleared the bases with a two-RBI double to right field and then he came around to score as Vey singled in the next at bat, making the score 3-0 in favor of UB.
The Bonnies went on to score the next four runs and take the 4-3 lead before UB came out in the fourth inning and tied the score behind a long ball from Mallaro to left field. The homer for Mallaro tied him for the team-lead in homers with Abrunzo.
The Bulls then exploded for five runs in the seventh and had their bullpen shut the door on any comeback dreams the Bonnies had. The duo of Ben Hartz and Alec Tuohy finished off the final four innings of the game for the Bulls victory. Hartz was able to collect his second win of the season while Tuohy notched his second save, striking out three batters in two innings.
The UB offense collected 12 hits as four Bulls, Abrunzo, Kwitzer, Vey and Mallaro, each recorded two hits apiece in the victory. Kwitzer finished off his impressive game going 2-for-5 with two RBI's and two runs scored while Vey went 2-for-5 with two RBI's. Sobieraski finished with a team-high two runs scored while Dudek collected his first two stolen bases of the season.
Sinay continued to rack up the stolen bases for the Bulls out of the leadoff spot as he notched two more steals to give him 28 in 32 attempts this season. The speedster has now recorded two stolen bases in six straight contests and has 10 games with two plus steals on the year.
The Bulls return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm as they will play in their first home game of the season against cross-town rival Canisius at Audobon Field. The two teams have split a pair of non-conference games so far this season, both of which at Canisius.