The University at Buffalo baseball team matched great pitching with great hitting on Saturday afternoon. The lethal combination allowed the Bulls to take an 8-0 home win over Ohio.
“This was the most complete game we have played all year,” head coach Ron Torgalski said. “There have been games where we’ve pitched it and booted a few balls or didn’t hit it. Today, we made every play and executed our situation hitting. We hit it one through nine in the lineup, and we pitched it great.”
On the mound, Anthony Magovney threw a complete-game shutout for the Bulls (26-17, 15-4 Mid-American). He allowed four hits and struck out four while throwing only 85 pitches. The Bobcats never had more than one baserunner in an inning. Magovney now has a scoreless streak of 19 innings.
At the plate, UB piled up 16 hits, its largest total of the season. Five players – Jason Kanzler, Jon Mestas, Jimmy Topps, Thomas Richards and Mike Burke – had at least two hits each. Buffalo jumped out front in the second inning by scoring three runs. Burke’s double plated two of them.
The same teams will play today at 1 p.m. It’s Senior Day for seven Bulls: Jamie Jiron, Zach Stephens, Ryan Tulloch, River McWilliams, Kanzler, Alex Baldock, and Mestas.
Elsewhere in baseball, Rhode Island’s Kevin Stenhouse hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rams a 3-2 win over St. Bonaventure (17-21, 7-10 Atlantic 10). Joel Rosencrance threw six shutout innings for St. Bonaventure.
Canisius swept a doubleheader over Siena by scores of 17-1 and 1-0. Ronnie Bernick drove in the winning run in the nightcap.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Canisius goes after its third straight Metro Atlantic championship today when it takes on Marist in the final. The game will be played at 1 p.m. in Poughkeepsie. Canisius is the top seed and advanced to the final on Friday with a 14-7 win over Siena.
Marist hasn’t been in the MAAC title game since 2010. The Red Foxes, the third seed in the tournament, beat Fairfield, 7-6, in its semifinal game.
SOFTBALL: UB spotted Miami a seven-run lead and then saw a rally fall short in a 7-5 defeat in Oxford, Ohio. The Bulls wrap up the regular season against Miami today. ... Niagara lost to UMBC in a nonconference twin-bill, 7-5 and 4-2. However, the Eagles have earned a spot in the MAAC championship next week.
TRACK: Buffalo State’s women’s team finished second in the SUNYAC championships at Cortland, its best showing ever. Sasha Henry won three events. The men’s team finished third; Bumkoth Jiak took the 1,500-meter run.