BUFFALO, NY (June 20) - In the program's first season since 1986, the University
at Buffalo baseball program has already garnered some national
recognition. Freshman pitcher Tyler Balentine (Mendon, NY/Honeoye-Falls
Lima) and freshman infielder Bryan Sanchez (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua
Academy) both received honorable mention honors on the Louisville
Slugger Freshman All-American Team.
Sanchez had a record-breaking first year for the Bulls. He finished the
season hitting .272 (37-for-136), and led the team with 10 doubles, 11
home runs and 33 RBIs. The 11 home runs broke the UB single season
record and placed him in a tie for seventh in career home runs. Sanchez
also finished eighth for RBIs in a season (33) and ninth in doubles for
a season (10). All told, Sanchez etched his name into five single season
records and two career records after his first season. He had three
multi-homer games and had a career-high three hits on two occasions.
Sanchez also led the team with a .603 slugging percentage and made just
four errors at first base, with 352 total chances, for a fielding
percentage of .989.
Balentine appeared in 11 games on the mound for UB this year, starting
in six games and finished with a 5-3 record while ranking second on the
team in earned run average. His five wins were a team high and tied him
for ninth best in a season in school history. One of his best outings
came in a 5-2 win over Binghamton, when Balentine pitched a complete
game four hitter in the 5-2 win. He also pitched a complete game shutout
at Albany, scattering five hits over seven innings in the 15-0 win.
The Bulls competed as a Division I Independent this past season, but
will begin playing in the Mid-American Conference next year.