BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo softball team dropped its doubleheader against Ohio at Dobson Field on Saturday afternoon in the final games of the season. The Bulls fell 3-1 in game one, before dropping the second game with the Bobcats, 4-0.
The Bobcats struck first in game one as Morgan Geno connected on a solo home run to deep left center field to go up 1-0 and Ohio would add another run on a sac fly to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Bulls threatened in the bottom of the second as Alissa Karjel ripped a double to the wall in left center but that would be as far as she would get as Catrell Robertson grounded out to end the inning.
Ohio would add another run on an RBI triple in the top of the fourth but the Bulls defense limited the damage as Alexis Matheney hit Jenelle Martinez on the cutoff and she threw a dart to the plate to get the runner and limit the damage.
The Bulls finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth as Matheney drove a pitch deep over the wall in straightaway center field to cut the lead to 3-1. Later, Martinez drew a walk and Alicia Peters singled through the left side but Gabby Keller grounded out to end the inning and strand the runners and that would prove costly as UB was unable to plate another run the rest of the game.
In her final game in the circle as a Bull, Lace Smith gave up just three runs on four hits while striking out two in her career-high sixth complete game.
In game two, Geno led off the top of the second with a solo home run to right to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Ohio would plate another run in the third on an RBI double up the left field line and would add a pair in the fifth on two hits and a UB error go up 4-0 and that would be all they would need to secure the win.
Senior Ally Power gave up four runs on six hits and struck out one batter in the final game of a stellar career in the blue and white.
"These ladies showed a lot of fight this entire season," said head coach Mike Ruechel. "They could have easily thrown in the towel a while ago when things got rough but they didn't. They competed all season long and I am very proud of them. Unfortunately the journey has to end at some point and for us it was sooner than we wanted. Thank you very much to our senior class for leading the way this year. The future is bright and next year will be a lot of fun."
Buffalo finished the season 10-32-1 overall, 6-10-1 in league play.