COOKEVILLE, TN - The University at Buffalo baseball team fell in
the series finale against Tennessee Tech, 13-7, on Sunday afternoon
at Bush Stadium. The Bulls' loss allowed the Golden Eagles to
take the four-game non-conference series, 3-1.
Trailing 4-0 after two innings, the Bulls managed to pull within one in the top of the third. Freshman Alex Baldock scored the Bulls' first pair of runs off a two-RBI triple to cut the Golden Eagles' lead in half, 4-2. With Baldock at third, senior Brad Agustin drove in a run off a groundout to first base to pull the Bulls within one.
With the Golden Eagles holding a one-run advantage, the Bulls would take the lead with a pair of runs. Buffalo tied the contest at 4-4 off a sacrifice fly to center field by senior Adam Skonieczki. The Bulls managed to take a 5-4 lead at the end of the inning as freshman Tom Murphy belted an RBI base hit to left field, driving in senior Brad Cochrane from third.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Eagles recaptured the
lead, 6-5, off a pair of runs including a throwing error, one of
four errors by the Bulls on the day.
Facing a 9-5 deficit in the top of the eighth, the Bulls managed to score a pair of runs off back-to-back RBI doubles by junior David Neff and senior Rob Lawler.
Holding a 9-7 lead, the Golden Eagles added four insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory.
Starter Josh Edwards (0-1) recorded the loss in 4.0 innings of work with a pair of strikeouts.
Baldock, Cochrane, Lawler and Murphy each posted a pair of hits and each scored a run. Lawler and Murphy each recorded an RBI as Baldock drove in a pair of runs.
The Bulls (6-7) will hit the road for one last non-conference four-game series on March 19-21 versus Butler. The series will open on Friday, March 19 with the first pitch set for 3:00 pm.