Clutch Hitting Leads Bulls to 7-5 Win Over Ohio
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo baseball team scored two runs via walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a five all tie and defeat Ohio, 7-5, at Amherst Audubon Field on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio had tied the game at five in the top of the eighth inning and looked to take the lead as it had the bases loaded with nobody out. River McWilliams entered the game in relief and got Trace Voshell to ground to Michael Scarcello who had just entered the game at third base. He proceeded to throw out the runner at home and catcher Tom Murphy fired to first base for the double play. McWilliams then struck out Zach Ross to retire the side.
In the bottom of the eighth, Scarcello led off with a bunt single. Andrew Smietana hit a two-out single and Matt Pollock followed with a walk to load the bases. Jason Kanzler and Murphy drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded to give the Bulls the 7-5 lead.
The Bulls came up with some clutch hitting as they scored six of their seven runs with two outs. Buffalo scored four runs, all with two outs, in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Four straight singles by Murphy, Alex Baldock, Michael Burke and Eric Bryce led to the four runs.
Baldock led off the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. It was his fourth of the season.
UB starting pitcher Kevin Crumb fared well on the afternoon. He allowed only three earned runs on four hits over seven innings. Buffalo used the double play to its advantage turning five on the afternoon, including one to end the game.
The Bulls and Bobcats will play the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at Amherst Audubon Field.