Thomas Richard drove in four runs as the University at Buffalo baseball team clinched the series over Akron with a 6-3 victory Saturday.
The effort was just as solid on the mound as Anthony Magovney picked up his sixth win and Cory Folk got his third save with two shutout innings.
UB scored two runs in the first inning. Akron rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the third. The Bulls added single runs in the fourth and fifth to retake the lead. The go-ahead run scored after the Zips were unable to convert an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
After the third inning, Magoveny allowed just three hits and finished with six strikeouts.
Folk entered the game in the eighth with a 4-3 lead and the Bulls scored a pair of insurance runs in their half of the eighth. He allowed one hit and fanned two.
Mike Scarcello had three hits, and Richards and Tyler Mautner added two each as eight Bulls hit safely.
Rohn Pierce shut out Marist on three hits for the first seven innings and Canisius (26-14, 9-4 MAAC) defeated the Red Foxes, 8-1, in the opener of a three-game series in Poughkeepsie.
St. Bonaventure (10-24, 4-11, Atlantic 10) broke open a close game with a five-run fifth inning and defeated Dayton, 13-4, in the second of a three-game series.
Connor Grey (2-6) pitched seven innings for Bona, allowing four runs on eight hits. St. Bonaventure outhit the Flyers, 18-8.
SOFTBALL: Tori Speckman did not allow a hit until the sixth inning as the University at Buffalo (24-20, 8-5 MAC) beat Northern Illinois, 7-2.
Speckman struck out 11 in picking up her 42nd career win and grab a share of the school record set by Stacey Evans in 2005. Ashton Earnhardt led the offense with a two-run triple.
UB moved to 24-20 and 8-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
St. Bonaventure split a Senior Day doubleheader against Rhode Island, winning the opener, 8-0 and losing the nightcap, 4-3. In the win, Carly Bilchak allowed three hits over six innings.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: In a preview of the semifinals of next week’s MAAC Championship, Canisius lost to Fairfield, 11-9, in the regular season finale. The Stags scored six unanswered goals to open the second half. Tori Greco had a career-high three goals and junior goalkeeper Kayla Scully made nine saves for the Griffs. No. 3 seeded Canisius (10-6, 6-2 MAAC) and No. 2 Fairfield (12-4, 7-1 MAAC) will meet in six days in the postseason.