AKRON, OH - The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (15-31, 7-17 MAC) lost to the Akron Zips on Mother's Day in walk-off fashion on a Brian Lees single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Zips won the rubber match of the three-game set by the score of 4-3.
The Bulls were able to open the scoring in the game in the third inning as Brian Dudek singled up the middle and then Justin Gonzalez reached on a fielders choice error. Nick Sinay then earned a walk and Ben Haefner singled to left field, scoring Dudek from third. With the single, Haefner extedned his team-best hit streak to 10 games and has now reached base safely in 13 straight games for the Bulls.
UB starter Mike McGee was cruising for the Bulls until the bottom of the fifth inning where he gave up the lead, allowing Akron to score two runs and take the 2-1 lead. Two innings later McGee was replaced by Mike Kaelin who gave up an RBI double that gave the Zips the 3-1 lead after seven innings.
In the eighth, the Bulls inched closer as Bobby Sheppard singled up the middle and then came around to score of a pinch hit Don Kilian double down the left field line, bringing UB within one. Kilian now has two RBI's in his last two pinch hit opportunities.
UB then tied the score at three in the top half of the ninth inning as Mitchell Machi doubled down the right field line to start the inning. After advancing to third on a fly ball, Machi came in to score on Gonzalez's RBI single to third base.
However, the Bulls were not able to hold the lead long as Akron was able to collect a walk-off victory in the ninth. Ben Hartz came in the game in relief of Kaelin and earned the loss on the mound as he allowed a walk and a sacrifice bunt to move a player into scoring position before a RBI single to right field ended the game for the Zips.
McGee finished off his solid effort going 6.1 innings while allowing six hits, three earned runs and striking out three for the Bulls. Kaelin allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings while striking out a pair in his second straight appearance for the Bulls.
Sheppard and Dudek both finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate while Haefner, Kilian and Gonzalez each finished with one hit and one RBI in the loss.
The Bulls will return home on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 pm as they close out their home slate with a game against rival Niagara at Amherst Audobon Field. UB will then wrap up their regular season next weekend as they travel to Bowling Green for a three-game series starting on Friday at 3:00 pm.