The Bowling Green softball team got great pitching and two walk-off hits from freshman Allison Vallas to sweep the visiting University at Buffalo, 1-0 and 8-0, in Mid-American Conference action Saturday afternoon.
Vallas' two-out single in the bottom of the eighth scored Kari Steigerwald to give the Falcons (25-26, 10-8) the opening win. Vallas' hit spoiled a four-hit, one-walk effort by sophomore Sophie Barstad of UB (17-25, 8-7). Liz Vrabel struck out 13 Bulls in the opener -- while walking just one -- to break the Bowling Green single-season strikeout record; she has 184.
Vallas added another walk-off hit in the second game, as her two-run double in the bottom of the fifth ended the game due to the mercy rule. Freshman Emily Gouge allowed the Bulls just one hit. Freshman Marcy Hansen had three of Buffalo's five hits on the day.
BASEBALL: Marist (19-16, 14-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) pounded out 27 hits during a doubleheader sweep at Canisius, 16-9 and 12-2. Wade Rosolowski (Canisius High) and Matt Mazurek (Silver Creek) each had four hits on the day for the Golden Griffins (8-27, 4-12).
Josh Bedosky had four hits on the day but D'Youville (3-13, 3-11) dropped a doubleheader at John Jay, 7-2 and 5-2, in City University of New York Athletic Conference action. Ryan Walczak (West Seneca East) limited the Bloodhounds to four hits in a complete game in the nightcap.
Saturday's Mid-American Conference East Division matchup between UB and defending MAC champions Kent State was postponed and will be made up today as part of a 11 a.m. doubleheader at the Amherst Audubon Field. Niagara's home doubleheader with Manhattan was also postponed to today at noon.
MEN'S LACROSSE: Jonathan Hollister scored four times as Providence clinched its first outright Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship at the expense of Canisius, 8-6. The Friars (8-7, 7-1 MAAC) scored five straight goals to take a 6-2 lead. The Griffs, who got a goal and assist from Kevin Ross, trimmed the lead to 6-5 in the third quarter but never caught the Friars. Canisius (5-7) finished 4-4 and tied for fifth place in MAAC; only the top four qualify for the MAAC tournament.
TRACK AND FIELD: Richard Harris of Buffalo State set a State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships record in winning the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at Oneonta. Harris, a senior from Rochester, was clocked in 14.53 seconds. The Bengals' Ken Ciolek, who won the long jump (22 feet, 9 inches) Friday, won the javelin (172-0) on Saturday.
Other top finishes for Buffalo State, whose men finished sixth and women were last among eight schools, were: Tim Giagos, third in 400 hurdles (55.52); Jenelle Orosz (North Tonawanda), third in high jump (5- 1/2 ); and Sarah Gedraitis (Akron), fifth in the discus (100-8).
Fredonia State's Sarah Hite took second in the 400 hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 1:04.25. Hite was also part of the second-place 1,600 relay with Liz Schaller (St. Mary's), Rachel McNamara (Nardin) and Aimee Milks. Fifth places were earned by Krista Morse (Pioneer) in the javelin and 100 hurdles and Ashley Tramp (Kenmore East) in the 1,500; Tramp was also eighth in the 5,000.
WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Freshman Ashley Parker had a goal and an assist but Buffalo State (7-6, 1-6) ended its season with a 5-3 SUNYAC loss to Oswego (10-3, 6-1).