The University at Buffalo baseball team matched the program record for wins in a season Friday but, most importantly, maintained control of its own destiny in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-3 win in 10 innings at Bowling Green.
The Bulls earned their 32nd victory, tying the 1980 team for wins in a single season. UB also positioned itself to have a chance at clinching the MAC regular-season title today with a win over Bowling Green. The Bulls (32-21) can also clinch with a Kent State loss at Akron. Kent State trails UB by a half-game in the standings.
Mike Scarcello’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Jon Mestas with the winning run. Mestas led off the 10th with a well-placed soft line drive double to right field that drew three Falcons fielders, including their first and second basemen.
Mestas’ sacrifice fly and Thomas Richards’ RBI single in the eighth gave UB a 3-2 lead but the Falcons tied it in the bottom of the inning.
The MAC Tournament begins Wednesday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
Elsewhere, Canisius will head into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament on a win, blanking Fairfield, 5-0, at Demske Sports Complex. The Golden Griffins (39-15, 15-9) will be either a No. 2 or 3 seed in the tourney, which starts Thursday at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.
Devon Stewart tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and Jon Fitzsimmons pitched the final two innings for his 10th save. The shutout is Canisius’ sixth of the season. Brett Siddall went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Griffs, who are two wins shy of matching the program record set in 2008. Christian Segar, Brooklyn Foster and Mike Krische each had one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
In New York City, St. Bonaventure closed the season with a 9-1 rout of Fordham. Senior Jason Radwan (Lake Shore) went 1 for 4 with two runs scored. The second baseman finished with 75 hits – the third highest single-season total in Bona history – and led the Atlantic 10 with a .405 average.