DAVIDSON, NC – The University at Buffalo baseball team dropped their season opening contest on Friday afternoon to the Air Force Academy Falcons, 13-0 in the first game of the Davidson Tournament held at Wilson Field in Davidson, NC.
After a scoreless top half of the first inning from the Bulls, Air Force wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. After a walk and a stolen base from the leadoff hitter, Spencer Draws singled to right center to give the Falcons the 1-0 lead. Air Force then made the score 2-0 as Brad Haslam grounded out to first to score the runner from third.
The Falcons were able to extend their lead out to 5-0 in the fourth inning as they earned three hits and three runs while leaving one runner on. The lead was increased to 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning as Air Force hit a two-RBI single to right center.
The Bulls had their best chance to score in the sixth inning as Vinny Mallaro opened the inning with a single to center field and Chris Kwitzer backed that up with a single of his own. Redshirt freshman Andrew Taft then earned a walk to load the bases but the Bulls weren't able to score a run, striking out twice and grounding out to first base.
The UB pitching staff wasn't able to find the strike zone in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Falcons pushed the game out of reach. Air Force pushed across six runs in the inning with only one hit, making the score 13-0. Making his first career appearance for the Bulls, Shawn Dubin came in to close out the eighth inning with three strikeouts.
Ben Haefner went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of walks while third baseman Chris Kwitzer went 2-for-3 with a walk in the defeat. Mallaro collected the other hit for UB as they were only able to muster five for the game. The Bulls stranded 11 runners on base and committed three errors in the 13-0 loss.
Alec Tuohy earned just the second start of his career on the mound for UB and he went five innings and allowed three runs while striking out four Falcons'.
The Bulls will return to the diamond tomorrow for a game at Wilson Field against the host Davidson Wildcats. First pitch is set for 4:30 pm.