BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo baseball team scored seven runs over the first three innings as the Bulls eased their way to an 8-3 victory against Bowling Green in what was the series and season finale for both teams. The victory capped off a stretch where the Bulls won seven of their last nine games as they finished 21-31 on the year. The 21 victories are the fifth most in a season for the Bulls since reinstatement of the program in 2000.
UB got on the board in the bottom of the first courtesy of its hottest hitter junior Vinny Mallaro. The Bulls put the first two runners on base in the inning as Mallaro launched a shot over the left field fence to give Buffalo the early 3-0 lead.
The Bulls used the long ball again in the bottom of the second as catcher Kyle Brennan hit his first home run of the season, hitting it down the left field line. In the third inning, Mallaro hit it to nearly the exact same spot as Brennan as he hit his second home run of the game, giving him 13 for the season, which ties him with Tom Murphy for the most home runs in a single season. Mallaro hit eight home runs over the final eight games of the season.
Leading 5-0, Buffalo continued to pour it on in the third as Andrew Taft hit a one out single and he moved to third on a double by Brian Dudek. Following a groundout, Alex Thrower hit it back up the middle to score two.
UB starter Shawn Dubin worked his way through 5.0 innings of scoreless ball as he scattered three hits, but walked six despite not allowing a run. Senior Brandon Mumaw came on in relief on his Senior Day and pitched two perfect innings, striking out two.
The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard as they struck for three runs in the top of the eighth to pull within 7-3, but the Bulls added one back in the bottom of the eighth as Brennan singled to center, driving in Taft, who led off the inning with a double.
Mike Kaelin allowed just one hit as he pitched the final 1.2 innings, while striking out a pair.
Dubin picked up the victory for the Bulls, while Andrew Lacinak recorded the loss for Bowling Green. Taft went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the game, while Mallaro went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in and Brennan went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
"I am extremely proud of this group of guys for finishing the season the way they did winning seven of nine," said head coach Ron Torgalski. "We did some great things this year that we can build on for the future. I can't thank this senior class enough for what they have meant to this program and each of them have helped grow Buffalo baseball in one way or another."