COOKEVILLE, TN - The University at Buffalo baseball team split
Saturday afternoon's doubleheader against Tennessee Tech at
Bush Stadium. In the opener, the Bulls fell to the Golden Eagles,
12-6, despite a five-run sixth inning. In the nightcap, the Bulls
captured a 9-3 victory in seven innings off six RBIs by senior Brad Cochrane and a complete-game performance by senior Pierre Miville-Deschenes.
In the opener, the Bulls found themselves trailing the Golden Eagles, 7-1, heading into the top of the sixth. Buffalo managed to trim back Tennessee Tech's lead with five runs in the sixth including a two-RBI double to left by freshman Alex Baldock. Off a Golden Eagles' error, the Bulls managed to score a pair of runs followed by an RBI double by junior David Neff.
In the remaining innings, the Golden Eagles pulled away for the victory off five unanswered runs.
Starter Jesse Reinstein (0-1) recorded the loss in 3.0 innings of work.
Neff went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and two walks followed by Baldock with a pair of hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
The Bulls rebounded against the Golden Eagles in the seven-inning nightcap, 9-3.
Following a pair of scoreless innings, the Golden Eagles scored the first run to take a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Bulls went on the offensive to erase the Golden Eagles' lead as Cochrane hit two-RBI single to left field to take a 2-1 lead. With Cochrane positioned at third, freshman Tom Murphy managed to reach base off a throwing error to first from third, allowing Cochrane to score.
The Bulls kept the runs coming in the top of the fifth off a grand slam to deep left field by Cochrane to take a 7-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Buffalo sealed the victory with a two-RBI triple to right field by senior Adam Skonieczki.
Managing to add a score in the bottom of the seventh off a base
hit, Tennessee Tech's chances of a rally came too late as
their hopes vanished with a groundout to second and the Bulls
securing the 9-3 victory.
Cochrane recorded a career-high six RBIs off a pair of hits. Fellow senior Rob Lawler also recorded a pair of hits including three runs.
In the second complete game of his career, Miville-Deschenes (1-2) struck out six batters while allowing only five hits.
The Bulls (6-6) will close out their weekend series against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, March 14 with the first pitch set for 1:00 pm.