UB Ends Series at High Point With Loss
HIGH POINT, NC - The University at Buffalo fell to host High Point, 6-4, Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game series against the Panthers. With the loss, the Bulls fall to 1-6 as they continue their spring trip through the Tar Heel State.
However, the Panthers, members of the Big South Conference, tied the game in the bottom of the fifth as Kemp Smith doubled to bring home a run and then scored the tying run on an fielder's choice by Ken Keesee.
High Point then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Smith hit a two-run homer off reliever Dustin Clark (Adams Center, NY/Jefferson CC) to give the Panthers a 5-3 edge. High Point added another run in the eighth for a 6-3 cushion.
The Bulls refused to go away quietly and rallyed in the ninth. With two outs and Brian Zelasko (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) pinch-running, Boom singled and Vanhorne walked to load the bases. Mihalics then coaxed an RBI out of a walk from Mark Shorey to close the gap to 6-4. That was as close as the Bulls could get, however, as Andy Wengert (Utica, NY/Proctor) struck out the end the game.
Clark (0-1), who struck out three in three innings, took the loss for the Bulls in relief of starter Tyler Balentine (Mendon, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima). Balentine struck out four in five innings of work. Toby Hoskins (1-0) picked up the win in relief for High Point (6-10) with Shorey recording his fourth save of the season.
Offensively, Vanhorne, batting leadoff and Boom, hitting in the ninth position, recorded two hits apiece to pace the Bulls' eight-hit attack. Mihalics had a pair of RBIs.
The Bulls travel to Davidson for single games on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:00 pm both days.
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