LAS VEGAS, NV – The University at Buffalo softball team (1-4, 0-0 MAC) was not able to hold onto a three-run lead in the final inning and were downed in extra innings in the first game of the Marucci Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. Buffalo was defeated by the host Runnin' Rebels on Friday, 6-5, in eight innings.
"That was a tough loss to take," said head coach Mike Roberts. "We have to learn how to close out games like that. We'll bounce back tomorrow."
The Bulls were able to get out to the 1-0 lead in the first inning as Leandra Jew was hit by a pitch to lead things off in the inning. After back-to-back groundouts, Catrell Robertson came to the plate for her first at bat of the season and delivered a RBI single to left field to plate Jew.
The Runnin' Rebels wasted no time taking the lead as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning and scored a pair of runs on a walk and a fielder's choice to take the 2-1 edge through one inning.
After a scoreless second inning, the Bulls were able to tie the game in the top of the third inning, 2-2, as Ufuoma Ogagan opened the inning with her first career home run, a solo shot, to deep left field.
After another scoreless inning, the Bulls were able to take the 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Ogogan opened the inning with a double to deep center field before Jew was hit by another pitch and freshman Anna Aguon delivered a two-RBI triple to right field. Danielle Lallos then notched a RBI single to center field and plate Aguon to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Bulls.
UNLV was able to force extra innings as they notched three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Runnin' Rebels opened the inning with a double before putting runners on the corners after a Buffalo error. Samantha Dias then dug in and delivered a huge three-run home run to tie things up, 5-5.
After UB was unable to produce a run in the top of the eighth inning, UNLV delivered the game-winning RBI single as Brooke Stover singled to right field to plate Myranda Bueno to give the home team the dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
Ogogan was able to finish off her game going 2-for-3 with her first career home run, two runs scored and a RBI while Aguon recorded her first career triple and two RBI in the loss. Lallos recorded a RBI single while Jew earned a pair of hit by pitches and scored a team-best two runs in the losing effort.
In the circle, Ally Power started the game strong but the Runnin' Rebels were able to plate four late runs to hand her the loss. Power went 7.1 innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out two in the loss.
The Bulls will return to the diamond tomorrow at 12:00 pm as they take on Boise State before closing out their day with a game against Utah State at 2:15 pm.