Gene Dudek was a standout third baseman for coach Bill Monkarsh’s University at Buffalo baseball teams from 1979-82 with a .473 career on-base percentage and went on to play in the minor leagues.
His son, Brian Dudek, followed in the family footsteps Tuesday, driving in a career-high six runs in the Bulls’ 14-6 rout of Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. Coach Ron Torgalski’s Bulls got a measure of revenge against the Golden Griffins after they were swept by Canisius in a doubleheader last week.
Dudek, a senior second baseman who played at St. Mary’s of Lancaster, drove in three of UB’s four runs in the first inning with a bases-clearing double. That was the Bulls’ only hit in the inning. After Canisius had struck for four of its own to tie the game, Dudek tripled to right field, driving home three more runs and as the Bulls took a 9-4 lead. UB added four more runs in the third to make it 13-4. By going 3 for 5, Dudek raised his batting average to .336 and his RBI total for the season to 29.
Designated hitter Vinny Mallaro drove in three runs with a home in the third and scored t hree times. Mallaro is batting .350 with a .900 slugging percentage. Ben Haefner (Lancaster) went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Jake Lumley had four singles among the 15 Canisius hits against five UB pitchers.
Andrew White, the second UB pitcher, picked up the win with one inning of shutout relief.
UB (11-22, 3-6 MAC) will return to Mid-American Conference play with a three-game series against visiting Ball State Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Canisius (20-15, 4-5 MAAC) will play a nonleague game at Cornell today then be home for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series against Rider with a noon doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday.