Bulls Survive 9th Inning Scare From Broncos In 10-8 Win

Updated 5/25/2012

Buffalo Head Coach Ron Torgalski

VIDEO: Buffalo's Alex Baldock

AVON, Ohio - Buffalo’s bats came alive for the second game in-a-row in the Bulls 10-8 elimination game victory over Western Michigan.  The Bulls took advantage of three separate innings that Buffalo hitters started off with being hit by pitches.  Buffalo cashed in on timely hitting with runners on base to propel the Bulls to victory.

Alex Baldock provided a big bat for the second consecutive game, going 3-for-4 with five RBI’s.  

Bulls starting pitcher, Mike Burke, threw 8.0-plus limiting the Broncos to only two runs on eight hits in his outing.  Burke struck out four and only allowed one walk on the day.  

With Western Michigan down 10-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Broncos rallied for six runs in their last at-bat including three with two outs on five straight hits.  

Buffalo advances to face Kent State in a rematch from day one of the tournament Friday at approximately 4:30 PM.  Western Michigan closes their season out with the loss, and finish with an overall record of 26-29.

WP: Burke  LP: Nimke  S: Ginader

Top 1: Buffalo 1, Western Michigan 0
A leadoff hit-by-pitch to Matt Pollock set up the first run of the game as Dan Scahill singled to right moving Pollock to third.  Alex Baldock stepped-in with two outs and sent a single to left to bring in Pollock.

Bottom 1: Western Michigan 1, Buffalo 1
Zach Thoma reached on a fielder’s choice with one out.  Thoma then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  A two-out RBI double by Ryan McMillin drove in Thoma.

Top 2: Buffalo 2, Western Michigan 1
Ryan Tulloch also started the inning by being hit by a pitch.  Tulloch advanced to second on a Andy Smietana sac-bunt.  Jason Kanzler singled to left two batters later, driving in Tulloch.

Top 4: Buffalo 6, Western Michigan 1
For the second time in the game Buffalo started the inning with Pollock reaching on a leadoff hit-by-pitch.  Kanzler reached on a throwing error, advancing Pollock to second.  The runners moved up on Tom Murphy’s fielder’s choice.  Baldock drove in Kanzler and Pollock with a single to left.  Michael Scarcello singled to drive in Baldock and Murphy.

Top 6: Buffalo 6, Western Michigan 1
 Andy Smietana opened the sixth with a double and later moved to third on a wild pitch.  Following a walk to Pollock, Kanzler flied to center, scoring Smietana.
Bottom 6: Western Michigan 2, Buffalo 6
McMillin took a two-out, 0-1 pitch deep over the wall in left for a solo homerun.

Top 9: Buffalo 10, Western Michigan 2
With one out Scahill drew a seven-pitch walk and later advanced on Murphy’s single to center.  Baldock doubled to left scoring Scahill and Murphy.  Next, Scarcello singled up the middle bringing in Baldock.

Bottom 9:  Western 8, Buffalo 10
Back-to-back singles by Jared Kujawa and Theo Piccirilli opened the bottom half of the inning and Kujawa came home to score on a throwing error.  Thoma flied out to right scoring Piccirilli on the tag.  Jack Scanlon came up with two outs and belted a two-run homerun to score Caleb Caton who reached on the error.  McMillin singled to the left and Patrick Duncan put a ground-rule double down the right field line.  Troy Forton singled to the shortstop scoring McMillin.  Kujawa closed out the scoring with a single to left driving in Duncan.