Not only did the University at Buffalo baseball team live to play another game at the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Avon, Ohio, on Thursday, the Bulls did so in record-setting fashion.
UB’s 13-0 rout of No. 3 seed Northern Illinois enabled the second-seeded Bulls to set a program record for wins in a season (33).
Mike Burke (8-2) yielded just four hits and faced six batters over the minimum in earning his third shutout of the season, which ties the program record.
Jason Kanzler went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, setting the UB single-season record for RBIs in a season with 56. He hit a two-run double to highlight the Bulls’ five-run fifth and added a solo homer in the seventh.
UB faces the loser of today’s Toledo versus Bowling Green contest tonight. Rain washed out most of Thursday’s schedule, including the Toledo-Bowling Green clash.
In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament in Trenton, N.J., rain delayed the start of Canisius’ showdown with Marist but once tourney officials decided to play ball, the third-seeded Golden Griffins earned a 2-1 triumph over the No. 2 Red Foxes behind starter Garrett Cortwright’s one-hit gem. He struck out seven, walked none and hit two batters.
Canisius (40-15) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Jesse Kelso (St. Mary’s) walked with the bases loaded to drive in the tying run. Mike Krische’s fielder’s choice groundout drove in Brooklyn Foster (2 for 4) with the winning run. The Griffs Rider, a 7-1 winner over Siena, at 7 tonight.