University at Buffalo Baseball

Bulls Drop Two to Saint Bonaventure

Strong winds lead to high numbers on the scoreboard

Photo of Phil Vanhorne
Phil Vanhorne

BUFFALO, NY ­ Buffalo (8-21) dropped both games of a doubleheader to St. Bonaventure (14-10) on Wednesday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field. Stiff winds were blowing out and proved to be a major factor as the Bonnies won the first game 20-6 and took the second game 7-5.

The story of game one was the play of St. Bonaventure outfielder Mike Rapacioli. The senior clean-up hitter went 5-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and eight RBIs. He was one of seven batters to collect at least two hits for the Bonnies. As a team, St. Bonaventure pounded out 23 hits.

The Bulls were led by Phil Vanhorne (Scarborough, Ontario/Mother Teresa) who was a perfect 3-for-3, including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Adrian Daniels (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) finished 2-for-3 and launched his second home run of the season.

Starter Mike McCormack earned the win for St. Bonaventure after allowing five earned runs and striking out nine over 5 2/3 innings pitched. UB starter James Mantzanis (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) struggled on the hill and was credited with the loss.

The Bulls bounced back and hung tough with the Bonnies in game two. After St. Bonaventure scored once in the top of the first inning, the Bulls tallied two runs on RBI singles by Joe Mihalics (Tonawanda, NY/Timon/St. Jude) and Daniels in the bottom of first to take a 2-1 lead. The Bonnies scored three more times and held a 4-2 lead in the top of the third inning. The Bulls managed to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third inning when Brandon DiCesare (Rochester, NY/McQuaid Jesuit) scored following a double by Daniels.

St. Bonaventure scored three times in the top of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. The key blow was a two-run double by Matt Landahl. The Bulls got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Clint McKeever (Antwerp, NY/Indian River), who reached base after hitting a triple to deep right center field, scored on a sacrifice fly by Vanhorne. The Bulls added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Vanhorne scored on an error by St. Bonaventure second baseman Craig King, but would get no closer as they finished two runs shy of the Bonnies.

John Brewer went the distance and picked up the victory for St. Bonaventure. A bright spot for the Bulls in game two was the pitching of Chris McGraw (Summerville, SC/Stratford). The sophomore reliever tossed 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Mihalics went 3-for-4 in the game for UB, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

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