A single by Joe Mihalics (Timon/St. Jude) to open the ninth inning at Akron helped him become the first University at Buffalo baseball player to reach 200 career hits. The milestone came Friday in the Bulls' 8-6 loss in both teams' Mid-American Conference opener at Lee Jackson Field.
The game featured three lead changes and three ties. Akron's Kurt Davidson delivered the big hit in the bottom of the eighth inning sending a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for a run-scoring double. Davidson eventually scored on a passed ball.
Junior first baseman James Kingsley (Medina) hit a home run to center field, the 11th of his career, to move him into a tie for eighth-place in UB history.
Kingsley led the Buffalo offense, going 3 for 4, including the homer, with a double and two RBIs. Mihalics, David Amaro and Phil Vanhorne each had two hits for UB.
SOFTBALL: Buffalo State swept winless SUNYIT, 6-1 and 17-0 in five innings, to open the SUNYAC schedule at Bengal Field.
Buffalo State (11-1, 2-0) broke a 1-1 tie in the opener with five unearned runs in the sixth inning. Nadine Sirianni (Niagara Falls) led the Bengals' offense with a 2-of-4 showing with a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
In the nightcap, the Bengals turned 15 hits, including six for extra bases, into 17 runs in the five-inning win. Sirianni led the offense again, going 4 of 4 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Heidi Rammacher (Lake Shore) was 2 of 3 with three RBIs, and Laurie Hutten (Kenmore West) added a three-run inside-the-park homer.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Kristen Ortman (Amherst) became UB's winningest singles player at the Division I level during the Bulls' 6-1 loss at Bowling Green in Mid-American Conference action. The Bulls fell to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the MAC while the Falcons are now 9-5, 1-1.
Ortman's win was the lone bright spot for the Bulls as the junior won her match at third singles over Bowling Green's Andrea Volle, 6-2, 6-0. It was Ortman's 38th win of her career, surpassing Stacey Gargan (1994-97) and Annulett Dillon (1995-99), who both posted 37 victories in UB's Division I history. UB began Division I play in 1991.
Ortman is 10-6 this season, including a 5-1 mark at third singles.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Mike Rozek (West Seneca West) had 19 kills as D'Youville (11-11) beat Villa Julie (Md.) in three games to win its fourth straight match.
SQUASH: Dartmouth junior Julia Drury (Nichols) was named second-team All-American for the second straight year. Drury, ranked 15th in the nation in women's squash, was also voted team MVP for the second consecutive season.
MEN'S TENNIS: The University at Buffalo was swept, 7-0, by Ball State.