Adam Ruszkowski of the University at Buffalo won his fourth game, equalling the most for a pitcher since the reinstatement of baseball at the school in 2000, as the Bulls slowed the Mid-American Conference's leading offense at Bowling Green, 6-4.
Buffalo snapped the Falcons' four-game conference win streak. Bowling Green came into the weekend tied with Ball State in team batting average in the MAC at .308.
Ruszkowski (4-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Joe Mihalics (Timon) extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Niagara defeated visiting Iona, 8-5 and 9-3. The Purple Eagles' sweep was led by Paul Solini who went 4 for 8 with five RBIs. . . . St. Bonaventure bounced back from a 4-2 loss at George Washington to win the nightcap, 6-4. In the second game, Joe Rizzo blasted a two-run homer, his fifth homer, for the game winning RBI. . . . Josh Bedosky reached base a combined seven times for D'Youville in a 3-2 and 9-2 doubleheader loss to CCNY. Brian Monk fanned seven and gave up one earned run in the nightcap.
SOFTBALL: Hilary South (Williamsville South) shattered her own school record with 19 strikeouts in D'Youville's 6-5 loss in nine innings to North Eastern Athletic Conference newcomer Baptist Bible. South's two-run homer highlighted D'Youville's 4-2 win in the second game. . . . UB swept a MAC doubleheader from Akron. Lisa Wheat drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bulls a 2-1 win in the opener and pitcher Sophie Barstad threw her second shutout in a 2-0 win in the nightcap. . . . Canisius split in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, winning the first game from Siena, 9-1, before losing, 7-6. In the first game, Jamie Gerace (Kenmore West) had three hits. The Golden Griffins blew the game open with five runs in the fourth. Siena scored all of its runs in the first two innings of the second game and held on. . . . St. Bonaventure swept visiting Dayton, 2-1 and 5-1. In the opener, Ashley Bonetto (Depew) singled to open the seventh and scored on a single by Andrea Swanger. The Bonnies' Christine Keleher (Kenmore West) pitched two complete games. Joelle Brunetto (Depew) had two hits in each game. . . . Buffalo State held SUNYAC-rival New Paltz to seven hits in a 5-1 and 7-0 sweep. In the opener, Lindsey Matheis (Williamsville South) was 3 for 4 with an RBI. In the second game, Brooke Matheis was 3 for 3 with five RBIs. . . . Amber Fie (Olean) drove in a five runs with five hits in Hilbert's 10-4, 13-1 sweep of Mount Aloysius. Laura Stranc (West Seneca West) scored five runs and pitcher Meghan Gollaher picked up both wins with 16 strikeouts.
MEN'S LACROSSE: Dan Carey, Kevin Ross and Alex Khalil had two goals each for Canisius in an 11-8 loss to visiting Mount St. Mary's. After Mike Blocho (Grand Island) tied the game, 2-2, at the 4:09 mark of the second quarter, Mount St. Mary's scored the next two goals to take the lead for good. . . . Bill Barnack (Lancaster) had a goal and assist for Medaille in a 15-4 loss to Oberlin (Ohio).
WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Canisius freshman Whitney Card tied a school record with six goals, while Alana Chan set the school mark with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in a 19-9 victory over Iona at the Demske Sports Complex. . . . Whitney Gill made a career-high 17 saves in Niagara's 9-8 loss Manhattan. Lindsay Hamann scored back-to-back goals at 15:09 and 14:17, but it was the last NU scored.
TRACK AND FIELD: Andy Forma (Elma) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:31 to highlight performances for Erie Community College at the University of Rochester Invitational. Ken Parker took second in the long jump and third in the 200. For the Lady Kats, Kelly Book qualified for the nationals in the 800 and 5,000 and Andrea Vitello (Sweet Home) secured a spot in the 400. Buffalo State had two winners with Ken Ciolek (javelin) and Richard Harris (110 hurdles). Jenelle Orosz (North Tonawanda) was second in the high jump.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Medaille beat Rivier (N.H.) in four games in the semifinals and Saint Vincent in a five-game quarterfinal in the NECVA Tournament at Ramapo (N.J.) College. Medaille (17-7) plays Stevens (N.J.) today for the title. Jake Beiter (Eden) had 19 kills in the quarters and Drew Lewandowski (Kenmore West) had 46 assists in the semis.