BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (11-21, 5-10 MAC) was defeated on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of a three game set with first-place Central Michigan, 6-1. The Bulls were limited to three hits in the game as Nick Sinay led the way going 2-for-3 on the day.
For the third straight game the Bulls gave up at least two runs in the first inning as senior lefty Mike McGee struggled to find his command in the opening frame. The Chippewas were able to take the 2-0 lead as they earned three walks and a two-RBI single from Nick Regnier.
Central Michigan was then able to chase McGee from the mound in the second inning as they scored two quick runs with just one out and two on, forcing the Bulls to bring in Mike Kaelin from the bullpen. Kaelin got the second out on a sacrifice fly that scored one and he then allowed a single to score another run before finishing the inning with a ground ball.
With the 6-0 lead heading into the third, the Bulls were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a pair of Central Michigan errors at shortstop. Justin Gonzalez was able to advance to second base after a throwing error by the shortstop and the next batter, Brian Dudek, also forced an error by the shortstop which ended up allowing Gonzalez to score from second. Sinay followed the two errors up with a perfectly placed bunt single down the first baseline to break up the CMU no-hit bid but the Bulls were able to only score the one run.
Kaelin settled down after entering in the second as he didn't allow another run, finishing off his day in the sixth inning after going 4.2 innings while allowing four hits and striking out four batters. Ben Hartz then came into the ball game, his team-leading 15th appearance, and he was just as sharp as Kaelin. The lefty went 3.0 scoreless inning while only allowing two hits to the dangerous Chippewas lineup.
Junior Bobby Sheppard was the only other Bull to collect a base hit on Sunday as he lined a single into left field in the ninth inning. With his two doubles, Sinay now has a team-best 13 multi-hit games while also extending his reaching base streak to 19 straight games.
The Bulls will return to Amherst Audobon Field on Tuesday, April 21 as they will welcome cross-town rival Canisius for an afternoon matchup. First pitch is slated for 3:00 pm.