KALAMAZOO, MI - The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (11-23, 5-11 MAC) was defeated on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game set by the score of 4-2. The Broncos used a four-run fifth inning to defeat the Bulls, handing them their fourth straight defeat.
The Bulls got on the board first in the third inning as leadoff batter Nick Sinay connected on his first long ball of the season. Ben Haefner then singled up the middle and Bobby Sheppard reached on an error to give UB two runners on with no outs. Ben Vey then dug in and singled to score Haefner from third, giving the Bulls the 2-0 lead.
The Broncos were able to take control of the game just two innings later as they got their bats going in the fifth. The Broncos offense produced five runs and they never looked back, leading the rest of the game.
On the mound, Brent Cleland battled through a rough fifth inning to finish the game going eight innings. Cleland allowed five hits, three earned runs while striking out six batters in the loss for the Bulls.
Vey finished off his strong game going 2-for-4 with a RBI in the loss, giving him nine multi-hit games so far this season. The freshman's two-hit effort raised his batting average to .279 on the year. Sinay finished the game 1-for-4 with his first home run while also being hit by his 20th pitch of the season. The center fielder now has reached base safely in 21 straight games, the longest streak on the team this season.
Game two of the series will be played on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Senior Anthony Magovney will take the mound for the Bulls.