AKRON, OH - In a low scoring affair, the University at Buffalo baseball team (14-30, 6-16 MAC) was defeated on the road on Friday by the Akron Zips, 4-1. The Bulls offense was only able to produce three hits and one run in the loss.
The Bulls scored their lone run of the contest in the seventh inning when they were trailing 4-0. Charlie Sobieraski was hit by a pitch and he advanced to second base on a balk by the pitcher. Two batters later, Mitchell Machi notched his second hit of the game, a single to center, to score Sobieraski from second.
Brent Cleland took the loss on the mound for the Bulls despite a strong outing which saw him go eight innings while allowing nine hits, four runs and striking out four Zips. Cleland's counterpart, John Valek was dominant on the mound for the Zips going seven innings while allowing just three hits and one run.
Machi led the Bulls going 2-for-3 at the plate while Mike Abrunzo recorded the only other hit for the Bulls, a single to right field in the third inning. Junior Nick Sinay failed to reach base on Friday, snapping his career long streak for reaching base, 30 straight games.
The Zips were led offensively by Gerrard Rohan who finished off his afternoon going 2-for-3 with a game-high two RBI's while Brian Lees went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the win.
The two teams will play again on Saturday at 1:00 pm with Anthony Magovney taking the mound for the Bulls.