BUFFALO, NY – After a dominant 8-0 shutout in the opening game of the doubleheader against Canisius on Wednesday afternoon, the University at Buffalo softball team (15-23, 6-8 MAC) wasn't able to secure the sweep as the Griffs came away with the 15-5 victory in the nightcap. Leandra Jew and Taylor Scott each notched their first career home runs in the game one victory over their crosstown rivals.
The Bulls were able to jump out to the quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jew led-off the game with a single left field and she came around to score on a RBI single from Anna Aguon. After Aguon moved over to third on a wild pitch, Danielle Lallos gave UB the 2-0 lead with a RBI ground out to third base.
The Griffs looked like they were going to respond with some runs in the bottom of the first inning but Ally Power was able to work out of a bases loaded jam with no outs. Power forced a foul out to left field and collected back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat in the first.
The Buffalo lineup got going once again in the second inning as they were able to plate four runs and take the 6-0 lead over the Griffs. Ufuoma Ogagan recorded an infield single and Alissa Karjel recorded a walk to give UB two runners on with no outs to start the inning. Ogagan then stole third and forced an errant throw into left field to allow her to score and Karjel move over to second. Taylor Scott then delivered a RBI double to deep left center field and Jenelle Martinez notched a RBI single to plate Scott from second to give the Bulls the 5-0 edge. Aguon then notched her second RBI single of the game to plate Jew and give Buffalo the 6-0 lead.
Power began to cruise in the circle for the Bulls over the next couple innings as she recorded nine strikeouts through five innings. The Bulls extended their lead out to 8-0 in the top of the sixth inning as Scott led off the inning with her first career home run, a solo shot, and Jew connected on a solo home run of her own, also her first career homer.
Scott finished off her impressive first game going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored while Jew went 2-for-2 with a home run, three runs and two walks in the win. Aguon was able to stay hot at the plate as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored while Kathryn Skorka notched her first career hit, a single, in the victory.
Power was dominant in the circle for the Bulls as she closed out the shutout going 6.0 innings while allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high 10 batters. With the win, Power improves to 12-12 overall on the season with a 3.96 ERA and 102 strikeouts while pitching 14 complete games and two shutouts.
In the second game of the day, the Bulls fell behind early and were never able to comeback for the sweep, falling 15-4.
The Griffs were able to put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added six more in the second inning to take the commanding 9-0 lead into the third inning.
Buffalo showed a sign of life in the third inning as they were able to cut into the Canisius lead by scoring four runs in the inning. Karjel opened the inning with a double and Jew notched an infield hit to send Martinez to the dish and she produced a RBI single to left field. Aguon then notched a RBI groundout and an errant throw allowed UB to score their third run of the inning. Catrell Robertson finished the inning with a RBI single to center field to plate Aguon and make the score 9-4 in favor of the home team.
After a scoreless bottom half of the third and top of the fourth, the Griffs added six more runs to take the 15-4 lead into the fifth inning.
Buffalo plated a run in the fifth inning as Jew came around to score on an Aguon sacrifice fly to deep left field but it wasn't enough as the game came to an end in the fifth inning with the Griffs on top, 15-5.
Four Bulls had two-hit games in the loss as Martinez went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run, Jew went 2-for-3 with two runs, Robertson went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Lallos went 2-for-3. Aguon didn't register a hit but was still able to record two RBI in the loss, bringing her season RBI total to 30 in her freshman campaign.
The Bulls will return to the road on Friday to open a three-game series against MAC east foe Kent State. Friday's game in Ohio will begin at 3:00 pm and the series will wrap up on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.