The University at Buffalo will have to shift its focus toward winning the Mid-American Conference postseason baseball title as its hopes of winning the regular-season championship fell a half-game short.
The Bulls (32-22, 19-7) lost in walk-off fashion at Bowling Green on Saturday, 5-4.
The loss, combined with Kent State’s win at Akron means the Golden Flashes (20-7 in MAC) earned the top seed for the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Avon, Ohio. UB had a game earlier this season against Akron cancelled, the reason for the uneven number of league games between the two schools. The Bulls will be the No. 2 seed when they play Toledo Wednesday.
• The Erie Community College baseball team won two games on Saturday to remain alive in the Region III Tournament at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls.
The Kats beat Onondaga CC, 2-1 and No. 7 Herkimer County CC, 6-3. The Kats (39-19) will play fifth-ranked Niagara County CC at noon today. If they win, the teams will play again at 3:30 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament for the title.
Against Herkimer, Brian Barry (Lake Shore) pitched a five-hitter with eight strikeouts. At the plate he had a home run and double. Barry gave the Kats a 4-3 lead with a solo home run in the fifth inning. The Kats improved to 39-19, tying the school record set in 2005 for most wins in a season.
Against Onondaga, Barry doubled home Vinny Sherman (North Collins) with the winning run in the ninth inning. The Kats rode the four-hit pitching of freshman Michael Schnurr, who improved to 9-0.