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Colleges: UB women lose NCAA tennis match to Ohio State; football to face Gill's school

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team got to take a look at one of the nation’s best programs on Saturday - on their home courts, no less. The Bulls must have come away impressed.

UB dropped a 4-0 decision to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament, in a match held in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes moved up to the No. 2 ranking in a national poll this past week and was the No. 3 overall seed.

Buffalo saw an eight-match winning streak snapped and finished the season at 14-9. They were coming off earning the second Mid-American Conference title in their history.

Ohio State clinched the doubles point in the overall match, and then saw its singles players win three matches in short order to clinch the victory. UB had not won a set in any match when the Buckeyes wrapped up the win.

Bulls will play Liberty

Turner Gill may make a return to the University at Buffalo’s football stadium - for a game.

UB announced that it will play a home-and-home series with Liberty University, Gill’s current team. The Flames will host Buffalo in 2019, while the Bulls will return the favor in 2023.

Gill was the head coach of the Bulls from 2006 to 2009. He joined Liberty in 2012, where he has compiled a record of 35-25. Gill has led the team to at least a share of the Big South title in four of his five seasons there.

The Flames are scheduled to move up from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2019. Liberty will play as an independent in that season.

UB and Liberty have played once before, in 1998. The Flames won that game, 27-24, in UB’s first-ever overtime contest.

Buffalo also announced that its scheduled game at Old Dominion for 2019 has been moved to the 2023 schedule.

UB falls to Ohio

The University at Buffalo baseball team had hopes of making a move to catch second-place Ohio University in the MAC East standings this weekend. So far, it hasn’t worked out well for the Bulls.

The Bobcats took their second straight game of the weekend series, recording a 12-1 win at Audobon Field. Ohio moved to 10-10 in the conference, two games ahead of the Bulls.

A nine-run seventh inning proved decisive for the Bobcats, who never trailed. Brian Dudek drove in UB’s only run with a double in the fifth inning.

The teams will close out the series Sunday at 1 p.m., with Brent Cleland on the mond for UB. It’s Senior Day, with 10 players scheduled to be honored.

Albany advances

Connor Fields isn’t quite done with his lacrosse season yet. He and his Albany team defeated North Carolina, 15-12, on Saturday. Fields (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) had a goal and four assists for the Great Danes, who had a 14-3 lead at halftime.

Albany will play the winner of the Maryland-Bryant game next Sunday.

UB takes four track titles

The University at Buffalo had four champions in the final day of the MAC track and field championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bulls won the 400 hurdles (Mitchell Moore), 800 meters (Tyler Scheving), 110 hurdles (Ryan Billian) and the 4x100 relay team. The men’s team finished third, while the women were ninth.

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