The Buffalo State softball team added to its torrid start this spring with back-to-back shutouts over SUNYIT on Friday in its SUNYAC opener.
Freshman Aimee Fisher (Frontier) pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 to win the opener, 1-0, in nine innings. Jolene Banach (Maryvale) drove in the winning run in the ninth inning. Banach's bat came through in the nightcap as well as she drove in three runs with three hits in a 7-0 win. The Bengals improved to 11-3, 2-0.
Fisher has 53 strikeouts and a 6-1 record. She pitched a perfect game in her collegiate debut against St. Lawrence during the team's spring trip to Fort Myers, Fla.
Also this spring, coach Sandy Hollander, in her 18th season, earned her 400th win. She ranks 21st among active coaches in Division III in victories and is 24th on the all-time list. She has a 409-246-2 mark while making seven trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
After playing the first 32 games of the season away from home, the University at Buffalo finally made its debut at Nan Harvey Field. UB dropped its Mid-American Conference opener to Bowling Green, 1-0. The second game, which was interrupted by a rain delay of 1 hour, 16 minutes, was a 4-1 loss.
St. Bonaventure split with Saint Joseph's, winning the opener, 5-0, and dropping the nightcap, 5-3. In the win, the Bonnies took jumped to a 4-0 lead capped by Andrea Swanger's three-run double in the fourth.
BASEBALL: John Zinnicker allowed one run on five hits as St. Bonaventure beat Dayton, 7-2, in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies touched Dayton preseason All-America pitcher Luke Trubee for 13 hits.
After an opening ground out, the next seven Eastern Michigan batters reached base en route to a five-run first inning and a 10-0 win against UB. Eastern Michigan's George Biddle scattered eight hits but never let a runner reach third base.
HOCKEY: Niagara coach Dave Burkholder was named by the American Hockey Coaches Association as one of 11 finalists for the Spence Penrose Award, given to the Division I national coach of the year. The award will be presented at the AHCA Coach of the Year banquet April 29 in Naples, Fla.