It was a big opening day in conference baseball tournaments for Western New York teams.
For the first time in program history, the University at Buffalo won its first game in the Mid-American Conference tournament, knocking off third-seeded Miami (Ohio), 6-5.
Meanwhile, the Canisius Golden Griffins extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games with a 10-1 win over Quinnipiac in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.
It was the sixth straight game in which the Griffs have scored nine or more runs and 23rd time this season as they improved to 39-14 with the win at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
Jimmy Luppens drove in four runs going 3 for 5, while Anthony Massicci drove in three runs on three hits.
Rohn Pierce gave up just one run – in the first inning – and finished with three strikeouts and three hits in six innings, throwing just 70 pitches.
After giving up a run in the first inning, the Griffs immediately got it back with a two-run homer from Luppens.
An RBI single from Christ Conley gave Canisius a 3-1 lead after two.
Clutch hitting with two outs helped the Giffs blow open the offense in the fourth. Massicci tripled in two runs and Luppens doubled to left to score Massicci.
Canisius plays at noon on Friday against the winner of today’s game between Fairfield and Siena.
At All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio, sixth-seeded UB (25-24) knocked off third-seeded Miami (Ohio), 6-5, thanks to 15 hits against a Miami team (29-26) that won the MAC East title in the regular season.
Senior Kevin Hughes, a Starpoint graduate, pitched into the ninth to earn his fifth win. Hughes, a sixth-year senior, struck out six and walked one during a 126-pitch effort.
All nine UB batters had at least one hit, with senior Mike Burke going 3 for 5 and senior Thomas Richards, sophomore Kyle Brennan and freshman Brian Dudek (St. Mary’s/Lanc.) each adding two. UB advances in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will play at 4:30 p.m. today against either Central Michigan or Akron.