ATHENS, OH - Just one day after the third no-hitter in school history, the University at Buffalo softball team was back on the diamond Sunday afternoon, but the Bulls fell to Ohio, 6-3. UB is now 16-15 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.
The Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the first inning against UB starter Tori Speckman with a two-run home run. Ohio extended its lead to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the third, but the Bulls pulled closer in the fourth.
The Bulls loaded the bases with nobody out to start the inning, forcing a pitching change. Freshman Savanna Norcio singled home a pair of runs to cut the Ohio lead in half and then an RBI groundout from Ryleigh Fitzgerald pulled the Bulls within 4-3. UB loaded the bases back up with two outs, but could not score.
Ohio scored single runs in the fifth and the sixth for the final margin of victory.
Speckman picked up the loss as she struck out nine batters, but walked two and hit four. The Bulls had four hits, including a pair from senior Sammi Gallardo. Norcio and Heather Ryder combined for the other two.
"We knew Ohio was going to come out hungry after yesterday," said head coach Trena Peel. "We gave them too many extra chances today with four hit by pitches, two walks and five passed balls. You can't beat teams like that."
The Bulls will now begin a 10-game home stand that begins on Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader against Niagara beginning at 3pm.