Courtesy of Buffalo Athletic Communications Department
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo softball scored the first seven runs on Thursday afternoon and held on for an 8-6 victory over Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. The victory capped off a two-game sweep of Canisius and improved UB's record against Big 4 schools to 4-0 on the season. The win was Buffalo's 14th overall, tying their total from last season.
The Bulls got on the board first in the top of the second as freshman Ryleigh Fitzgerald hit a one-out single and came in to score on a single from junior Holly Luciano. UB added two more runs in top of the third as senior Alyssa Ward belted a two-run home run, scoring pinch runner Kenzie Koch. It was another impressive game for Ward at Canisius where last season she hit for the cycle.
UB took advantage of some defensive miscues in the fifth inning as it scored four runs. A fielder's choice by senior Jessica Griffin led to two runs, while a throwing error from the Canisius short stop added a third run to the inning. The final run in the fourth came in on an RBI groundout from Luciano.
With the Bulls leading 7-0, Canisius put its first runs on the board against UB this season, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth. The fifth run chased junior Heather Ryder from the game and she was replaced by freshman Dani Cowan. Cowan allowed a home run to the first batter and a single, but got UB out of the inning on a pop out to short stop.
With UB's lead cut to one, the Bulls put the first two runners on in the top of the seventh and both were in scoring position following a sacrifice bunt from Fitzgerald. Sophomore Karly Nevez than reached on a fielder's choice with a run scoring on an error by the Canisius first baseman. The Bulls took an 8-6 advantage into the bottom of the seventh. Cowan got a couple of fly outs and a strike out to end the game.
"I thought we controlled the game for most of the afternoon, but we let it get away from us a little bit in the sixth inning," said Teague. "With that said, we battled through it and got a nice road victory."
Ryder picks up the win in relief as she went 3.1 inning. Freshman Nicole Aviles started the game and recorded a no decision, while Cowan pitched the last 1.1, allowing two hits. She recorded her first collegiate save in the process and the fourth by a Buffalo pitcher this season.
Ward and freshman Anissa Pinedo each had two hits on the afternoon, while four other players each picked up one. Ward and Luciano both drove in two runs.
The Bulls hit the road this weekend for a pair of games at Kent State beginning on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2:00 pm.