University at Buffalo senior Kyle Brennan homered twice to drive in seven runs. And that was just in the first two innings Tuesday. That helped stake the Bulls to an 8-2 lead at Niagara’s Bobo Field.
It wasn’t enough.
The host Purple Eagles erased an 11-5 deficit with six runs in the third inning, and added a six-run frame in the fifth and five more in the seventh in pounding out a 22-15 victory in the game between Big 4 rivals.
UB hit four home runs in the game. Brian Dudek and Eddie Edwards III had the other two. Despite its 22-run output, Niagara hit no homers. The Purple Eagles, however, banged out 21 hits and received nine walks from four UB pitchers. The Bulls had 14 hits and 11 walks.
Owen Dziados drove in five runs for Niagara, which left 11 runners on base. UB stranded 15.
Brennan, a senior catcher from South Setauket on Long Island who was the Bulls designated hitter Tuesday, was 3 for 4 with a pair of walks. He had two home runs and 17 RBIs coming into the game. He hit a bases-loaded homer in the first inning and hit his second with two aboard in the second. It was his first two-homer game for UB and his seven RBIs were a career high. Before Brennan, no UB player had drive in as many as seven runs in the first two innings of a game.
The loss left UB with a 16-28 overall record. Niagara is 22-19.