CLEARWATER, FL – The University at Buffalo softball team won both games on day two of the USF tournament on Saturday. The Bulls beat Princeton 9-4 and LIU Brooklyn 11-1 in five innings via the mercy rule.
The Tigers got on the board early after back-to-back base hits and a 2-RBI double to begin the game. They scored another run in the top of the second to add an insurance run.
The Bulls finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an Alicia Peters RBI single to left field. The fifth inning was the break out inning for the Bulls, starting with a leadoff double from senior Catrell Robertson. Fellow senior Alissa Karjel drew a walk and newcomer Alexis Matheney recorded a 2-RBI triple to the right field corner. Matheney crossed the dish thanks to a SAC fly from Gabby Keller.
With the Bulls up by one the Tigers fought hard to score one and tied up the game. However, the Bulls would answer with a big rally of their own, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth after sending 11 batters to the plate. Karjel recorded 2 RBI in the inning and Gabby Keller and Anna Aguon would also record an RBI that inning.
In the second game the Bulls had one of their best games of the season. In the top of the second with one out and the bases loaded freshman Kassidy Aiken recorded a bases clearing double to right center field, Aguon singled to left center field to score Aiken and Hannah Bardeen would record an RBI single to score Aguon.
In the fourth inning the Bulls would have their best inning of the day plating five and sending 11 batters to the dish. In the bottom frame, Power gave up the lone run to the Blackbirds. The Bulls recorded 13 hits, five of which were for extra bases. Power pitched a complete game gave up four hits, and allowed one earned run in her five innings of work.
"Today was a great day at the ballpark," said head coach Mike Ruechel. "Lace did a great job in relief for game one and Ally had one of her best games in game two. We swung the bat well and were able to connect hits together to manufacture runs. We're seeing a lot of progress from our first game in California to now. We've had a lot of close games this season and to win by such a large margin makes these wins feel that much better. But, tomorrow is a new day and we'll have to compete again. Players Play!"
The Bulls will close out their weekend at the USF tournament Sunday morning with a single game against Chattanooga scheduled for a 10 a.m. first pitch.