Bulls Drop Saturday Doubleheader at Red & Black Showcase

Hannah Bardeen

ATHENS, GA – The University at Buffalo softball team dropped both games of their doubleheader to conclude the Red & Black Showcase on Saturday. UB fell by a score of 13-9 in the first game of the day against Winthrop before dropping a tough 5-2 contest on walk-off to Nebraska-Omaha in the second game of the day.

In game one, the Bulls got on the board first in the bottom of the second as Gabby Keller got on base with a single and Hannah Bardeen blasted her first career home run to give UB a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles would get on the board in the third, scoring for seven runs on seven hits and one Bulls error to take a 7-2 lead.

But the Bulls would answer in a big way in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven runs of their own to regain the lead 9-7. Catrell Robertson started things off for UB, smacking a two-RBI double to right to make it 7-4. Then, with the bases loaded Bardeen crushed her second home run of the game, this one a grand slam blast to left, to give the Bulls a two run lead.

Winthrop would retake the lead in the top of the seventh scoring five runs on five hits and two UB errors to take a 13-9 lead and they would be all they would need to secure the victory.

Bardeen finished the game two-for-three at the plate with six RBI and two runs scored, while Keller went three-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

In game two, the Bulls were able to strike first yet again on a RBI singles by Alexis Matheney and Anna Aguon in the top of the third to give UB a 2-0 lead.

Omaha would answer with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning and the game would stay that way until the bottom of the seventh when the Mavericks were able to tie the game on an RBI single and then walk off on a three run home run for a 5-2 victory.

Lace Smith got the start in the circle and gave up three runs on seven hits in six and two thirds innings of work. Power came on in relief to face the last two batters, giving up the game-winning home run.

Aguon finished 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, while Matheney went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

The Bulls return to action March 1-3 at the Cavaliers Classic, hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.