ORLANDO, FL – The University at Buffalo softball team played three games on Tuesday, beginning with a 1-0 loss to Albany and followed by a 4-2 loss to Green Bay before defeating Army, 8-3, to end the day. The Bulls are now 13-11 on the season.
"We had some bad breaks in the first two games and left a lot of runners on base," said head coach Trena Peel. "In the third game, we came out with a chip on our shoulder and put some hits together. I am proud of Nicole for getting her first complete-game victory of the year. She threw a great game!"
Both UB starter Tori Speckman and Albany starter Brittany MacFawn were on their games as neither team found the scoring column for the majority of the game. The Great Danes scored the lone run in walk-off fashion on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
Speckman picked up the hard-luck loss as she allowed six hits, while striking out seven batters. The Bulls recorded just two hits as junior Hayley Barrow singled in the first and sophomore Ryleigh Fitzgerald singled in the second. However, the last 17 Bulls were retired in order.
MacFawn picked up the win for Albany as she allowed just two hits and struck out five.
The Bulls took the early lead against Green Bay in the middle game this afternoon, but a two-run home run from the Phoenix in the bottom of the fifth turned out to be the difference. Barrow got the start on the mound, striking out two in her first complete-game performance of the season.
The Bulls scored their first run in the top of the third as freshman Ashton Earnhardt hit a sacrifice fly, driving in junior Karly Nevez. UB scored its second run in the fourth as senior Holly Luciano also hit a sacrifice fly.
Green Bay scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game up and then took the lead with the two-run long ball in the fifth inning.
Lauren Danner picked up the win for Green Bay as she pitched five innings, allowing three hits. Ashley Nannemann recorded her second save of the year.
Luciano, Nevez and senior Sammi Gallardo picked up the three hits for the Bulls.
UB had its bats wake up in the third game and got a solid pitching performance from Nicole Aviles to pick up the victory. The Bulls recorded 13 hits in the victory as seven different players recorded hits.
Luciano went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate and it began in the bottom of the first as she put the Bulls on the board with an RBI single.
A couple of doubles early in the third helped give the Bulls a few more runs as Gallardo drove in a run with a two-bagger and Luciano drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. The Bulls recorded a few more extra-base hits in the next inning as back-to-back doubles from Alexis Curtiss and Jessica Taylor drove in three more runs.
Army cut the UB lead in half with three runs in the top of the sixth, but the Bulls responded with two in the bottom half as Heather Ryder hit an RBI double and Luciano singled her in.
Luciano went on to drive in three runs as she joined four other players with multi-hit games, including Curtiss, Taylor, Ryder, and Earnhardt.
Aviles improved to 2-4 as she struck out five batters and walked just one. She allowed six hits and three runs. Kristen West picked up the loss for Army as she allowed 13 hits and eight runs.
The Bulls will face Stetson tomorrow night at 6:00 pm.