LAS VEGAS, NV – The University at Buffalo softball team (1-6, 0-0 MAC) dropped a pair of non-conference games on Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Marucci Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. The Bulls fell 7-3 to Boise State in the opening game of the day before losing to Utah State in their second game, 15-10.
In the first game of the day, the Bulls just weren't able to generate enough offense as they were downed by the Boise State Broncos 7-3.
The Broncos were able to open up the scoring in the third inning as they were able to plate a pair of unearned runs on a single and a couple Buffalo errors.
Jenelle Martinez provided the Bulls with some pop in the top of the fourth inning as she crushed her team-leading third home run of the season to dead center field, cutting the Boise State lead to 2-1.
Boise State wasted no time scoring more runs as they made it 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning after a double and a two-run home run went over the left center field wall.
Buffalo was able to produce a run in the fifth inning to make it 4-2 as Ufuoma Ogagan opened the inning with a single, Leandra Jew reached on an error and Anna Aguon earned a walk to load the bases full of Bulls. Danielle Lallos then stepped in and picked up an RBI on the fielder's choice but UB couldn't plate another run.
The Broncos came back once again and put the game away in the bottom half of the fifth inning as they knocked in three runs to push the lead to 7-3. The Buffalo offense wasn't able to respond as they dropped the opening game of the day by the same score.
Martinez continued her strong start to the season going 1-for-3 with a solo home run while Lallos finished off her day going 1-for-4 with a RBI in the loss. In the circle, Lace Smith went 5.0 innings and allowed just four hits and three earned runs while striking out a pair of Boise State batters in the loss.
In the second game of the day, the Bulls had a slow start as the Utah State Aggies were able to plate four runs in the top of the first inning off of UB starter Ally Power, who was replaced after a third of an inning by Lace Smith.
After a scoreless bottom half of the first, Utah State was able to add a run in the second and third innings to take the 6-0 lead into the fourth inning. In the fourth, the Aggies collected two RBI singles to extend their lead out to 8-0.
The Bulls bats finally woke up in the bottom half of the fourth as Alissa Karjel and Taylor Scott notched back-to-back singles before Ufuoma Ogagan ripped a three-run home run to dead center field, making the score 8-3 in favor of Utah State through four innings.
Utah State didn't back down as they were able to respond with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 11-3.
The Bulls then had their biggest inning of the season in the bottom of the fifth as they were able to notch seven runs and draw within 11-10. Freshman Anna Aguon opened the inning with a solo home run to right center field before the Bulls got back-to-back singles from Catrell Robertson and Jenelle Martinez. Scott then connected on a RBI single to center field to plate Robertson and Alyssa Cuevas notched her first RBI of the season with an infield single that plated Karjel. Jew then stepped in with the bases loaded and delivered a three-RBI triple to right field that scored Ogagan, Cuevas and Scott. Jew was then able to score on a wild pitch but the Bulls couldn't tie the game up as they headed to the sixth trailing by one, 11-10.
The Aggies came right back in the top of the sixth inning with a three-run home run to right center field to take the 14-10 lead over the Bulls.
Buffalo threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth inning as Robertson and Karjel notched singles to give UB runners on the corners with one out but the UB bats went cold and they stranded the two runners on base.
The Aggies added a solo home run in the top of the seventh to make the score 15-10 and UB couldn't plate a run in the bottom half of the inning after putting two runners on.
Buffalo saw seven batters record multi-hit games in the second game of the afternoon as Ogagan was able to go 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored while Jew went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in the loss. Scott was able to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI while Aguon went 2-for-4 with a home run and a RBI in the losing effort. Karjel finished off her day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Cuevas went 1-for-4 with a RBI.
The Bulls will return to the diamond on Sunday at 12:00 pm as they will take on Long Beach State in the final game of the weekend in Las Vegas at the Marucci Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.