It will be St. Bonaventure against Canisius at 7 tonight in Dunn Tire Park for the Bisons Cup in the Big 4 Baseball Classic.
The Bonnies earned a place in the title game with a 5-2 victory over the University at Buffalo on Tuesday night after Canisius had upset Niagara, 8-7, in 10 innings.
Canisius (8-24) ended Niagara's hope of repeating its championship of a year ago. Kevin Smith's two-out double put the Griffs in front in the top of the 10th. Reliever Matt Wheeler retired Niagara on three ground balls to preserve the win.
Niagara (13-21) had come from 7-3 deficit by scoring a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Mike Alati drove in three runs and Andrew MacNevin had three hits for the Purple Eagles.
The go-ahead run came home for St. Bonaventure (19-20) on Craig King's suicide squeeze in the bottom of the fifth. Brian Pellegrini followed with an RBI single to left for a 4-2 Bona lead.
Damian Blakeley hit a two-run homer in the fourth for the first two Bona runs.
UB (11-21-1) got runs on David Amaro's RBI single in the fourth and Phil Vanhorne's sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Freshman left-hander Cory Vincent (5-3) pitched the complete game for the Bonnies, yielding seven hits and no walks. He struck out three.
HONORS: Seven of the 17 nominees from the University at Buffalo were among the recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards on Monday night at the Wyndham Hotel in Syracuse.
The UB winners and the sport in which they were honored were: Turner Battle, men's basketball; Jennefer Brankovsky, women's swimming and diving; Karen Corey, women's rowing; Jenny Koeppel, women's cross country; Miglena Nenova, women's tennis; Faith Thompson, women's track and field; and Eric Zeppuhar, football.
The Chancellor's Award was created in 2003 to recognize students who have combined academic excellence with outstanding athletic achievement. UB had the most winners at the Division I level. Albany had six, Binghamton five and Stony Brook two.
MEN'S LACROSSE: Hobart (7-5) built an 8-2 halftime lead and went on to a 12-6 victory over Canisius (5-6) in Geneva. Daryl Veltman had three goals to lead the Statesmen. Reed Peterson scored twice for the Griffs, while Kevin Ross had a goal and two assists. Dan Carey, Stephen Ola and Michael Blocho added goals.
SOFTBALL: Beth Enk hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Canisius (13-15) a 6-3 win after Syracuse had won the opener of a doubleheader, 4-1. Jenny Maheu singled and Katie Miranto reached on an error before Enk hit her sixth homer of the season. . . . Hilbert (8-12, 6-8 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) split a doubleheader with Penn State Behrend, winning, 10-1, and losing, 7-6, in eight innings. Amber Fie's grand slam capped a nine-run second inning for the Hawks in the opener. Kaitlyn Miller had five hits in the loss. . . . Brittany Curran pitched all the way in both games as Alfred swept Medaille, 4-2 and 5-0, in Wellsville. Shannon Superczynski went 4 for 7 on the day for the Mavericks (14-16). . . . D'Youville's Jenn Toth pitched a two-hitter but suffered a 1-0 loss in eight innings to Cazenovia. Cazenovia rallied for three runs in the sixth to defeat the Spartans (7-19, 5-3 MEAC), 3-2, in the nightcap.
WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Geneseo (9-1, 4-1 SUNYAC) defeated Buffalo State, 15-8, at Coyer Field. Shantel Ackley, Leah Bernal and Meagan Powers scored two goals each for the Bengals (7-4, 1-4). . . . Keuka remained unbeaten with a 12-8 win over visiting Medaille (3-7) in the first night game in Keuka history. Kim Coleman scored three goals for the losing Mavericks.
MEN'S GOLF: St. Bonaventure shot a four-man total of 307 to finish second, 16 strokes behind Wisconsin-Green Bay, in the Dayton Spring Invitational in Ohio. Josh Anderson of the Bonnies shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 to finish fifth in the individual scoring at 224. . . . Gannon's Dave Patronik (Orchard Park) finished tied for third with a 77 at the Mercyhurst Invitational in Erie, Pa.