BOWLING GREEN, OH - The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York baseball team (16-34, 7-19 MAC) fell in 11 innings on Friday afternoon to the Bowling Green Falcons, 13-11. Despite a six-run lead by the Bulls in the third inning, the Falcons came all the way back and defeated UB in extras.
UB junior Nick Sinay set the program record for stolen bases in a season in the third inning as he swiped third base. Sinay has notched 38 stolen bases which broke the previous school record of 37 set by Bob Amico in 1976. The Marcellus, NY native now owns the single season and career record for stolen bases as he has 38 this season and 72 in his career.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first inning of action, the Bulls offense exploded in the second inning for five runs of their own, all with two outs. Charlie Sobieraski and Mitchell Machi started the rally with a pair of back-to-back singles. Justin Gonzalez and Sinay then hit singles of their own to score one run each and give UB the 2-0 lead. Ben Haefner then stepped in and roped a double down the right field line to score a pair of Bulls and Bobby Sheppard notched his team-leading 31st RBI with a single to left.
After taking the 5-4 lead in the second, the UB offense stayed hot and added five more runs in the third. UB worked the bases loaded with three walks before Gonzalez singled up the middle to score Chris Kwitzer from third base. Sinay then singled to right field to score Sobieraski from third. Haefner then picked up his fourth RBI of the game as he singled to right center to score Gonzalez and Machi. Sinay then stole third base and forced an error to score the Bulls fifth run of the inning to take the 10-4 lead.
After the Falcons made the score 10-6, the Bulls tacked on another run in the fifth as Gonzalez crossed the plate on an error by the Falcons.
After UB made the score 11-6, the Falcons made a quick comeback as they scored five runs in the fifth inning to tie the score off starting pitcher Anthony Magovney. The Bulls then brought in Mike Kaelin who was very effective, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings while striking out three batters.
Heading to extra innings, Logan Harasta took the ball for the Bulls and was effective in his first two innings before struggling in the 11th inning. A singled and a stole base opened up the inning before Matt Smith connected on a walk-off two-run homer to seal the 13-11 victory for the Falcons.
Haefner led the Bulls offense with a career-high four hits and four RBI's while scoring one run. Five Bulls collected at least two hits on Friday including Sinay who went 3-for-7 with two RBI's and two runs. Gonzalez finished off his day going 3-for-6 with two RBI's and two runs while Sobieraski also collected three hits in the loss.
The Bulls will wrap up their season on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm as they take on the Bowling Green Falcons.