The offense that lifted the University at Buffalo to its opening win at the Mid-American Conference baseball championships failed to find its form on Thursday.
The Bulls lost to Akron, 7-1, at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
Buffalo will face Miami (Ohio) in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today in the double-elimination tournament.
Akron (27-28) built its lead in the early innings, scoring one run in the first, third and fourth innings. The Zips broke the game open in the eighth, scoring four runs to take a 7-0 lead.
The Bulls scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth. They loaded the bases thanks to a single from Nick Sinay, a double from Matt Pollock and a walk drawn by Tyler Mautner.
Mike Burke’s infield fly to second did not advance any one, but a groundout from Thomas Richards scored a run.
Kyle Brennan grounded out to short to end the rally.
The Bulls had just six hits after pounding out 15 in Wednesday’s opening win over Miami.
Starter Anthony Magoveny (6-4) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked four in 3∏ innings with two strikeouts.
Reliever Cory Folk gave up four runs, three earned, in 3∑ innings while Brent Cleland retired all six batters he faced.
Today’s game with Miami is a rematch of Wednesday’s MAC opener that saw the Bulls (25-25) earn a 6-5 win.
Miami (30-26) stayed alive with 4-3 win over Central Michigan on Thursday.
In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the top-seeded Canisius Golden Griffins had the day off. They opened the tournament with a 10-1 win over Quinnipiac Wednesday.
The Griffs will play third-seeded Fairfield at 3 p.m. today at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
The Stags defeated No. 2 Siena, 5-3, in 12 innings.
Canisius (39-14) has won 17 straight games – the longest winning streak in the nation. They are ranked No. 29 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll.
Their offense has been hot all season, but particularly of late. Canisius has scored nine or more runs in its last six games. Jose Torralba has scored nine runs in the last five games.