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BUFFALO JUMPS OUT ON TOP EARLY, TAKES 13-8 WIN OVER UMBC BASEBALL
Kyle Wildasin hit two homeruns and recorded five RBI in the Retrievers' loss to Buffalo on Friday.
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Baseball team (2-15) fell behind to the Buffalo Bulls (2-11) early as the Bulls tallied nine runs in the first three innings and held the Retrievers scoreless through the first four innings. Fueled by two homeruns by Kyle Wildasin, the Retrievers scored the final seven runs of the game, including six in the last two innings put were unable to complete the comeback in the ninth. Wildasin went 2-for-4 from the plate with five RBI and three runs scored.
Buffalo jumped ahead on the first batter as Al Barbato tripled to right center field and then advanced to home on throwing error by the Retrievers’ Jack Saffron. Two batters later Joe Mihalics singled to center field and advance around the bases to third on a single by Steve Legrett. Mihalics later scored on a wild pitch by Retriever starter Eric Butkiewicz.
In the top of the second the Bulls went on the offensive again as James Kinsley led off the inning with a homerun as nine Bulls batters came to plate, tallying four runs on seven hits to take a 6-0 lead.
The Bulls added three runs in the third and in the fifth to stretch their lead to 12-0.
UMBC got its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chris Becraft hit a sacrifice fly to bring Wildasin in from third base. Wildasin led off the inning with a walk.
The Retrievers trailed 13-2 heading into the eighth inning when Zach Clark singled giving way to Wildasin who went yard down the left field line to drive in two runs.
In the ninth with Clack aboard again Wildasin stepped to the plate, this time going over the left center field wall to drive in two of the Retrievers four runs in the ninth.
The Retrievers threw five pitchers in the game, including Steve Evans, who entered the game in the sixth inning and allowed one run on five hits through three full innings.
John Sullivan got the win for the Bulls as he completed six innings allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four batters. Leading the way offensively for the Bulls, who as a team knocked 24 hits in the game, was Joe Mihalics who stretched his hit streak to eight straight. Mihalics went 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBI and two runs scored.
UMBC will meet the Bulls again on Sunday, Mar. 21 with a 12:00 p.m. first pitch at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.