Bulls Split Friday Doubleheader with Central Michigan

Jenelle Martinez

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo softball team split its doubleheader with Central Michigan at Nan Harvey Field on Friday afternoon. The Bulls defeated the Chippewas 6-5 in game one before falling 3-2 in the second game of the day.

The Bulls struck first in game one as Anna Aguon singled to left center and Jenelle Martinez knocked her in with an RBI single to left to make it 1-0 at the end of the first inning.

Offense would then be at a premium as CMU wouldn't record their first hit until the top of the fifth, but Ally Power picked up a big strikeout to end the inning.

The Chippewas would break through in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI double to go up 2-1 and would add three more runs on four hits and an error in the top of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead.

But the game was far from over as the Bulls fought back in dramatic fashion as Alexis Matheney blasted a three run home run to deep center field and Aguon made it back-to-back home runs with a solo blast to center to tie the game 5-5. Martinez put icing on the cake with a home run off the scoreboard in left center to give UB the 6-5 walk-off victory.

Aguon finished 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored and Martinez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Central Michigan would strike first in game two, scoring on an RBI single to take an early 1-0 lead. The Bulls would answer right away putting together a two-out rally as Martinez singled and Catrell Robertson drove her in with a two-run home run to straightway center field to put UB up 2-1.

CMU retook the lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run to go up 3-2. The Chippewas would threaten with two on in the top of the seventh but Matheney made a diving catch in center to end the inning as the Bulls escaped the jam.

Buffalo had one final chance in the bottom of the inning as Gabby Keller got in scoring position with a pinch hit double up the left field line but the Bulls were unable to bring her home.

Lace Smith got the start in the circle as she gave up three runs on eight hits in a complete game effort. Martinez finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Robertson went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

"It was great to open up on our field with a win," head coach Mike Ruechel said. "We had a phenomenal comeback in game one. I tip my hat to all of our hitters for being able to get the job done in a tough situation. It's nice to be able to stay at .500 in conference play and we are looking forward to tomorrow."

The Bulls will look to take the rubber game of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12 pm, weather permitting.