University at Buffalo Baseball

Bulls Defeat Niagara in Home Opener, 10-6

Rosenbeck, Skonieczki and Fuller each drive in two runs for the Bulls

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Adam Skonieczki
BUFFALO, NY Making their first appearance of the season at Amherst Audubon Field, the University at Buffalo baseball team defeated local rival Niagara, 10-6. Jacob Rosenbeck (Medina, NY/Medina) had three hits for the Bulls and Adam Skonieczki (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) hit his second home run of the season as UB improved to 8-20 on the season.

Niagara opened the scoring in the first with a pair of runs. Cam Stykemain walked to open the inning and Andrew Macdonald followed with a double, both would eventually score on RBI ground outs for the Purple Eagles.

Buffalo answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Nick Walczak (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) singled home Rosenbeck, who had singled earlier in the inning, to cut the Niagara lead in half.

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Trevor Blair
After Niagara scored another run in the second, the Bulls scored three in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-3 lead. Trevor Blair (Oneida, NY/Oneida) singled and scored on a Brian Randazzo (St. Charles, MO/St. Charles) double to center for the first UB run of the inning. Randazzo then scored on a double down the left field line by Rosenbeck to tie the score and Buffalo took a lead when Rosenbeck scored on a single by Chris Ciesla (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott).

The Bulls scored another run in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to 5-3, but Niagara came back with two in the fourth to tie the game, 5-5.

Buffalo regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Skonieczki hit a two-run home run to left field, giving Buffalo a 7-5 advantage.

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Tony Fuller
After Niagara scored a run in the sixth to pull within one, Tony Fuller (Rochester, NY/Penfield) increased the UB lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out double down the left field line, scoring Ciesla and Skonieczki.

The Bulls added a final run in the eighth when Rick Oliveri (Tonawanda, NY/Canisius) scored on a single to left field by Rosenbeck.

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James Piazza
James Piazza (Amherst, NY/Williamsville North) picked up the win for the Bulls on the mound, he threw three innings, allowing one earned run while striking out three. Steve Geltz (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) pitched the final two innings for the Bulls, allowing no runs while striking out four to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Up next for Buffalo will be a weekend series at Western Michigan. First pitch between the Bulls and Broncos is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11 and 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

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