University at Buffalo Baseball

Bulls Win Season-Opener At Delaware State

Redshirt freshman James Flatley picks up his first ever win

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DOVER, DE The University at Buffalo baseball team began the Ron Torgalski Era on a high note Saturday, defeating Delaware State, 14-5, at Soldier Field. The victory is the first time UB has won its season-opener since the 2003 season when it defeated Duke by a score of 7-6.

The Bulls began early in the contest as they scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead. Senior Adam Ruszkowski (Utica, NY/Proctor) got the start for the Bulls and pitched three solid innings before getting into trouble in the fourth. That is when redshirt freshman James Flatley (Elma, NY/Iroquois) came in and gave five innings of three-hit relief, picking up his first collegiate win. Flatley struck out five Hornets in his appearance. Sophomore Zach Anderson (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) pitched the ninth inning for the Bulls.

The offensive outburst was a team effort as both Chris Ciesla (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) and Brad Agustin (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) had three hits on the afternoon. Ciesla also drove in four runs for UB. Rick Oliveri (Tonawanda, NY/Canisius) and James Piazza (Amherst, NY/Williamsville North) each had two hits for Buffalo.

The 14 runs are the most scored by a UB team on opening day since 1976 when the Bulls put up 15 runs against Iowa.

The Bulls and Hornets are scheduled to play one more tomorrow at 1:00 pm.

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