The University at Buffalo baseball team carried on admirably last week in the wake of the decision to disband the program at the end of the season. UB won two of three games over the weekend and swept the weekly awards in the Mid-American Conference.
UB’s nine leads this week’s spring-season College Power 10:
1. UB baseball. Senior Vinny Mallaro was named MAC East player of the week after helping UB win two of three games over Northern Illinois. Mallaro was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in as UB beat NIU, 6-2, Saturday. He had three hits on Sunday as UB lost, 2-1, and won, 3-1. Mallaro is hitting .317.
Junior Brent Cleland was named MAC pitcher of the week. He scattered five hits over eight innings and allowed one run in the 3-1 decision. UB is tied for second in the MAC East at 3-3 and stands 10-17 overall. UB visits Canisius for a double-header Tuesday starting at 3 p.m.
2. Canisius women’s lacrosse. The Golden Griffins are the six-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions. They won their 20th straight regular-season conference game by beating Monmouth, 18-3, on Saturday.
Canisius stands 9-4 overall and 4-0 in the MAAC. Junior Erica Evans ranks sixth in the nation in scoring at 3.75 goals per game. Three of the Griffs’ four losses have come against ranked teams (No. 2 North Carolina, No. 11 Syracuse and No. 18 Northwestern). The Griffs play home at noon Saturday vs. Quinnipiac.
3. Niagara baseball. The Purple Eagles lead the MAAC with a 6-2 record and are 15-9 overall. Owen Dziados’ run-scoring single gave Niagara a walk-off, 2-1 win over Quinnipiac and a double-header sweep Sunday. Cody Eckerson (4-1) struck out seven over 5 1-3 innings in a 10-2 opening win. Greg Cullen leads Niagara with a .360 batting average, and Greg Kirwer is hitting .354.
4. St Bonaventure men’s lacrosse. Bona will add the team starting in 2018-19. It will become the 17th Division I varsity sport at the school, and the roster figures to number 45 to 50. New York State is a good recruiting region for the sport. Bona has had a women’s team since 2000.
5. Daemen’s Stephanie Albano. She was named as one of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Award recipients. The award was created in 2009 to recognize young coaches. Albano directed Daemen to a 25-8 record and at-large berth in the NCAA Division II tournament in her first year at the helm. She’s a Lancaster native who played collegiately at North Carolina.
6. UB’s Miranda Daucher. The senior from Alden won the discus at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational in Miami. Her throw of 168-9, is 41st in the nation this spring.
7. UB men’s relay. The Bulls’ 4x400 relay team posted a school-record 3:09.56 to win at the Miami Invite. The time for UB’s four of Gyasi Morris, Joshua Gali, Brian Cummiskey and Mitchell Moore is 44th in the nation this spring.
8. UB’s Charlotte Miller. The junior softball player from Kenmore West was named Mid-American Conference pitcher of the week after going 2-1 and allowing just one earned run in 23 innings. She struck out 21 batters and walked three. She helped UB to a 3-0 win at Akron and a 4-3 win over Western Michigan.
9. Canisius track. The Griffs competed in the 29-team ROC City Classic at Nazareth and got wins from Brennan Root in the 3K steeplechase (9:17.01), Cooper Roach in the men’s 1,500 (3:54.5) and the men’s and women’s 3200 relay teams.
10. Buffalo State track. Junior Catarra Burroughs won women’s 200 in 25.45 at the ROC City event and also helped the Bengals win the women’s 400 relay in 49.46.