University at Buffalo Baseball

Bulls Prevent Sweep with Victory over Akron in Series Finale

Bulls’ three-run sixth inning leads to victory

AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo baseball team prevented a sweep by Akron in its conference weekend series finale on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over the Zips. Trailing 1-0 through five innings, the Bulls recorded a three-run sixth inning for the lead and eventual win.

Following three scoreless innings, the Zips went on the board off a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead.

Photo of Chris Ciesla
Chris Ciesla
In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulls garnered three runs to take the lead. With Brad Agustin at first, Chris Ciesla put Agustin into scoring position off a double to left field. For the second game in a row, Rob Lawler grounded to second, scoring Agustin to put the Bulls on the board. Next up, Charlie Karstedt hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, driving in Ciesla for a Bulls’ 2-1 lead. The Bulls closed the sixth with a 3-1 lead off an RBI double to left field by Brian Randazzo with Randazzo thrown out at second after Kevin McCall crossed the plate.

The Zips managed to close the gap to one run in the bottom of the eighth off an RBI double by Matt Roberts with the Bulls remaining in the lead 3-2.

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Mike Stangroom
Starter Mike Stangroom (2-2) recorded his second win on the mound in 6.0 innings of work, striking out three batters. Kevin Crumb recorded his first career save in 1.2 innings with one batter struck out swinging.

Ciesla went 2-for-4 while Eric Flynn went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

The Bulls (16-25, 4-13 MAC) will take part in the Big Four Classic on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at the Demske Sports Complex, home of the Canisius Golden Griffins. The time of each game is yet to be determined, check the Bulls’ schedule page for all Big Four Classic updates.

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