Don Kilian's Pinch Hit Home Run Propels Baseball To Game Two Win Over St. Bonaventure

Don Kilian's Pinch Hit Home Run Propels Baseball To Game Two Win Over St. Bonaventure

Don Kilian post game interview

BUFFALO, NY - Redshirt freshman Don Kilian connected on his first career home run to lift the UB baseball team (14-29, 6-15 MAC) over Big 4 foe St. Bonaventure, 4-3, in game two of a doubleheader. The Bonnies defeated the Bulls 10-0 in game one of the doubleheader.

GAME TWO - BUFFALO 4, St. Bonaventure 3

After giving up a three-run lead in the top half of the sixth inning in game two, the Bulls came to the plate in the bottom half looking for the game-winning run. After UB opened the inning with an out, Don Kilian came on as a pinch hitter and provided UB with the eventual game-winning run. Kilian crushed his first career home run, a solo shot, over the right field wall to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Bulls. The blast for Kilian was his first career RBI and gave the Bulls the doubleheader split against the Bonnies.

Senior Brandon Bentley pitched a great game for the Bulls as he earned his second win of the season as he went six innings while allowing just four hits, two earned runs and struck out a season-high seven batters in the process. Bentley had a no-hitter going 3.2 innings before allowing his first hit of the contest in the fourth to Aaron Phillips. After Bentley's departure, Ben Hartz came on in the seventh to close the door for the Bulls as he went 1-2-3 in the inning to collect his fourth save of the season.

UB was able to get on the board early on in game two as Bobby Sheppard reached base on a fielders choice before coming around to score in the very next at bat as Charlie Sobieraski connected on his second triple of the season to score him from first. Freshman Ben Vey then dug in and hit a sharp single to right field to score Sobieraski from third, giving UB the 2-0 lead after one inning.

The Bulls added to their two-run lead in the third inning as Nick Sinay walked and forced a balk from the Bonnies pitcher to move him into scoring position. Sheppard then singled to right field to give UB runners on the corners before Sobieraski collected his second RBI of the game with a hard hit sacrifice fly to deep center field, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Bulls.

The Bonnies struck for three runs in the top of the sixth but Kilian responded with the Bulls first pinch hit homer of the season to give UB the victory.

Sobieraski led the Bulls offensive charge in the second game as he finished 1-for-2 with two RBI's and a run scored while Brian Dudek, Sheppard, Vey and Kilian each recorded one hit each. Sinay extended his career-high reaching base streak to 30 straight games after earning a walk in the third.

GAME ONE - BUFFALO 0, St. Bonaventure 10

The Bulls fell victim to a great pitching performance in the opening game of the doubleheader on Tuesday against St. Bonaventure as Aaron Phillips was dominant for the Bonnies. Phillips allowed just five hits while striking out five and giving up no earned runs in the shutout.

The Bonnies scored runs in each of the first three innings of the game as they were able to cross two across the plate in the first, two in the second and three more in the third to take the commanding 7-0 lead after three innings.

Phillips was able to scatter five UB hits over seven innings and the Bonnies notched three more runs in the seventh to collect the 10-0 game one victory. Logan Harasta was the losing pitcher in game one while Sobieraski made his third relief appearance of the season and allowed just four hits over four innings for the Bulls.

The Bulls had five batters collect a hit each, Ben Haefner, Chris Kwitzer, Sobieraski, Dudek and Mitchell Machi, while Sinay worked two walks in the game.