BUFFALO, NY – After defeating St. Bonaventure 12-3 in an offensive explosion on Wednesday, the University at Buffalo softball team hosts Kent State in a weekend MAC series at Nan Harvey Field.
Weather permitting, game one is set for 3pm on Friday, April 26, and will be followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 pm.
Friday is also UB's Strike Out Cancer Day to raise awareness for cancer research. Bulls players will wear ribbons and fill out "I Fight For" placards with the name of someone in their lives whom cancer has affected.
The Bulls blasted three home runs and recorded 12 hits, their fifth double-digit hit performance of the season, in the win over the Bonnies. Alexis Matheney, Anna Aguon and Jenelle Martinez all recorded multiple hits for the Bulls on the afternoon, while Ally Power gave up just one hit and struck out five batters in four innings of work.
Aguon continues to lead Buffalo at the plate with a .395 average on the season to go along with five home runs, 13 doubles, a triple, 18 RBI and 25 runs scored while slugging .628. Martinez also continues to impress as she is batting .325 while recording four home runs, five doubles, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored. In the circle, UB is led by senior Ally Power who has an overall record of 5-16 to go along with a 5.40 ERA and has recorded 86 strikeouts while allowing just 36 walks in 135.0 innings of work. Lace Smith has a 5-12 overall record with a 7.94 ERA in 96.1 innings pitched.
Kent State enters the weekend with an 24-21 overall record and a 10-4 MAC mark after splitting its doubleheader against St. Francis (PA) on Wednesday. The Golden Flashes are led offensively by Brenna Brownfield who is batting .378 with five home runs, nine doubles, 22 RBI and 10 runs scored while slugging .667. Bailey Brownfield is batting .360 with two home runs, 18 doubles, 27 RBI and 13 runs scored. In the circle, Kent State is led by five-time MAC Pitcher of the Week Andrea Scali who has recorded a 18-7 record to go along with a 2.32 ERA and 212 strikeouts across 154.0 innings of work.
The Golden Flashes own an all-time series record of 33-8 against the Bulls since the first meeting between the two programs in 2001. Kent State took two-of-three contest in Kent last season.
Following the weekend series against Kent State, the Bulls will host Big 4 rival Niagara in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 30, starting at 3pm.