MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - The Buffalo offense continued to find consistency Friday afternoon, losing its conference opener to Central Michigan 7-2. After 12 straight games with double digit hits that carried it to a 6-6 record in that span, the Bulls had its third straight game with single digit hits that led to a fourth straight loss.
The Chips ran out to a 5-0 lead through the first three innings off UB starter Cameron Copping. Despite the rough start, the senior settled in and allowed only two more runs in his final four innings on the day. Copping struck out seven batters in his seven innings, allowing nine hits and three walks.
The Bulls broke onto the scoreboard in the fourth inning after a double by Dan Scahill. Thomas Richards then reached on an error that would bring in Schaill. The team's scoring would be capped in the eighth, when Tom Murphy and Scahill hit a pair of two-out singles to put Bulls on the corners. Mike Burke would complete the two-out rally with a single to the opposite field that would score Murphy with ease.
Burke and Scahill were the only Bulls to record multiple hits. The six through nine hitters in the UB lineup combined to go only 1-16 in the game, and the Bulls drew only two walks as opposed to 13 strikeouts.
Buffalo (6-10, 0-1 MAC) will look to move towards a series victory tomorrow in the middle game of the weekend series, the first of the Mid-American Conference season. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 2 pm, with Kevin Hughes taking on Rick Dodridge.