In the final non-conference games of the season, St. Bonaventure and the University at Buffalo split a doubleheader at Audubon Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulls (30-21) took the first game, 6-3, while the Bonnies (19-26) won the nightcap, 10-2.
In the first of the two scheduled seven-inning games, the Bulls scored five runs in the fourth inning. It included an RBI double by Kyle Figgins, The Bulls then scored three runs on three wild pitches. Jamie Jiron stole home to cap the inning and give the Bulls the lead for good.
In the second game, the Bonnies jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two innings, thanks in large part to a three-run home run from Joel Rosencrance in the second. Rosencrance drove in five runs for the game, going 3 for 4 which also included a double.
Bona senior Billy Urban had two hits and drove in two runs in both games. His 157 career runs batted in moved him into sole possession of second place on St. Bonaventure’s all-time list.
The split gave UB only it second 30-win season in 55 years of baseball at the school.
The Bulls will conclude their Mid-American Conference regular season with three games at Bowling Green starting on Thursday. Buffalo has a half-game lead over Kent State for the best record in the MAC.
The Bonnies will end their season with three Atlantic 10 games at Fordham starting on Thursday.
Canisius earns win
The Canisius baseball team closed its non-conference season with a 5-3 over Youngstown State in Niles, Ohio. It was the fourth straight win for the Golden Griffins (38-13) and 25th road win.
Sophomore Jesse Puscheck (North Tonawanda) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including his first career home run.
Sophomore Rohn Pierce (Newfane) earned the win, giving up three runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings.