BOWLING GREEN, OH - Despite allowing a season-low three hits, Brent Cleland was handed the loss as the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York baseball team (16-33, 7-18 MAC) fell on the road to Bowling Green, 3-1. Cleland allowed just one earned run while striking out six batters but the Buffalo defense had a season-high seven errors in the losing effort.
Cleland and Ben Hartz combined to pitch eight innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run but the Buffalo defense struggled, surrendering a season-high seven errors while allowing the Falcons to score two more runs.
The Bulls bats also were cold on Thursday afternoon as they recorded just five hits and scored just one run.
The Falcons scored an unearned run in the first inning and an earned run in the fifth inning to take the 2-0 lead. In the sixth, the Bulls offense finally broke through with their lone run of the game. Mike Abrunzo started the rally with a single up the middle and then Justin Gonzalez singled to center field to give the Bulls runners on first and second. Junior Nick Sinay then legged out a bunt single to third base to give the Bulls the bases loaded. Ben Haefner then hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field to score Abrunzo from third. The RBI was Haefner's 16th of the season.
The Falcons were able to pick up another unearned run in the bottom half of the sixth inning on a dropped fly ball by the Bulls.
Ben Vey and Charlie Sobieraski also were able to pick up singles in the game as the Bulls couldn't get the bats going against Bowling Green starter, Jason Link. Link finished the afternoon going 6.2 innings while allowing four hits and striking out five in his fifth win of the season. Tony Landi came in to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings for the Falcons as he earned his fourth save of the season.