BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo softball team (14-22, 6-8 MAC) dropped both ends of a home doubleheader to the Bowling Green Falcons on Friday afternoon at Nan Harvey Field.
The Falcons got on the board early in the first game of the doubleheader as Sammie Dees connected on a solo home run to deep left field to give the visitors the 1-0 lead through a half inning of play.
Buffalo was able to respond with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the 2-1 lead at the end of the first. Jessica Goldyn opened the inning with an infield single and she moved over to second after a sacrifice bunt from Leandra Jew. After Anna Aguon popped up, Jenelle Martinez notched a RBI single to right field to tie the game. Danielle Lallos then stepped in and delivered a RBI double to right to score Martinez from first but she was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.
After a pair of quick innings by Power, the Falcons were able to break through with the tying run in the top of the fourth inning as a leadoff single turned into a run for the visiting team.
Buffalo couldn't break the tie in the bottom of the fourth but the Falcons responded in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run to deep left field to take over the 4-2 lead against the Bulls.
After Goldyn opened the inning with a four pitch walk, the Bulls couldn't bring her around to score as the next two batters got out and Goldyn was thrown out at second base trying to steal a base.
Bowling Green put the game out of reach in the fifth inning as they scored three runs to take the dominant 7-2 lead.
Lallos was able to pick up a RBI single into center field in the bottom of the sixth inning to score Aguon from second base and cut the Falcons lead to four, 7-3. The Bulls wouldn't get any closer as they dropped the opening game of the doubleheader, 7-3.
Lallos led the UB offense going 2-for-3 with two RBI while Martinez finished off her game one going 1-for-3 with a RBI in the loss. Aguon and Goldyn also collected hits in the defeat. Power went 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs in the loss while Lace Smith came in to the game in relief and went 1.1 innings and didn't allow a run.
In game two, the Bowling Green Falcons came out quick once again as they struck for four runs on a pair of home runs. The Falcons opened the scoring with a three-run home run to dead center field before the next batter made it 4-0 with a solo shot to deep left center.
The Bulls were able to put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the first inning as Goldyn doubled and Jew earned a walk but the Bulls weren't able to score a run in the inning. Alissa Karjel singled to open the second inning and Taylor Scott was plunked by a pitch to give UB two runners on but yet again they weren't able to score a run.
UB finally got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Jew singled to left center and Aguon worked a walk to give the Bulls two runners on. Catrell Robertson then struck for a double down the left field line to plate Jew from second and send things to the fourth with UB trailing the Falcons 4-1.
The Falcons were able to put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth inning as they connected on seven runs to take the commanding 11-1 lead.
The Buffalo lineup was held to just four hits in the second game of the doubleheader on Friday as Goldyn, Jew, Robertson and Karjel each recorded a hit in the loss.
The Bulls and Falcons will wrap up the three-game set on Saturday morning at Nan Harvey Field starting at 10:00 am.