The University at Buffalo baseball team moved on in the Mid-American Conference Tournament after holding off a late rally from Western Michigan to win, 10-8, on Friday morning.
The Bulls (20-25) will once again play top-seeded Kent State, who defeated UB, 9-0, in a first-round game on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. today in Avon, Ohio.
Also, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year Devon Stewart allowed two earned runs over eight innings to help lead Canisius College to a 10-3 victory over Rider in the MAAC Baseball Championship in Troy.
With the win, Canisius advances to the championship round through the winner's bracket for the first time in school history. The Golden Griffs will play at 6 p.m. tonight against the winner of today's elimination game between Manhattan and Rider. A win on today or on Sunday, would give Canisius its first league championship.
UB was backed by eight innings from pitcher Mike Burke and a season-high five RBIs by Alex Baldock to beat the Broncos (26-29). Burke allowed just two earned runs, struck out four and walked one.
Burke was supported by an offense that scored in double digits for the 11th time this season. The Bulls' offense, which is 8-3 when scoring 10 or more runs, was led by Baldock, a junior first baseman, who went 3 for 4.
Western Michigan, however, left UB sweating in the ninth producing six runs on seven hits.
UB's bullpen allowed four two-out runs before Dan Ginader secured the win. The sophomore, who will get the start today against the Golden Flashes, retired the only batter he faced for his first career save.
TRACK AND FIELD: UB women's middle-distance runner Asia Henry earned a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships by finishing second in her heat and fourth overall among the 27 quarterfinalists in the 800 meters. Henry ran a 2:04.99, less than two-tenths of a second off the school record set by Allison Laske in 2004 (2:04.81). The NCAA National Championships will be June 6-9.