University at Buffalo Baseball

Bulls Win Extra-Inning Affair With Canisius, 4-3

Tony Fuller records game-winning single

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Tony Fuller
BUFFALO, NY – Junior Tony Fuller (Rochester, NY/Penfield) hit a run-scoring single to center field in the bottom of the tenth inning to propel the University at Buffalo baseball team to a 4-3 victory over Canisius, Wednesday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field. The Bulls overcame a two-run deficit in the game as their victory ended a brief two-game losing skid.

Canisius got on the board with a run in the first inning, but UB starter Jeffery Hains (Mexico, NY/Mexico) pitched out of further trouble by recording a strike out with the bases loaded. Canisius would add another run in the top of the third inning.

The Bulls (12-28) picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth as Brad Agustin (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) scored on a ground out by James Piazza (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville North). However, Canisius would regain its two-run advantage with one run in the top of the fifth.

The Bulls mounted a two-out comeback in their half of the fifth as Adam Skonieczki (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) hit a triple to right field and was driven in on a single from Bobby Pizzuto (Mentor, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral).
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Bobby Pizzuto

UB then tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Chris Ciesla (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) scored on a ground out from Rick Oliveri (Tonawanda, NY/Canisius). The game, which was originally scheduled for seven innings, then remained tied until the bottom of the tenth inning when UB came through with the game-winning hit.

Junior Nick Walczak (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore East) led off the inning with a single through the right side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Shivam Bhan (Calden, Ontario/Mayfield) then moved Walczak to third as he hit a single up the middle. Oliveri then walked to set up the bases loaded for Fuller, who drilled the pitch into center field, driving in Walczak as the winning run.
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Jeffery Hains

Hains went 6.1 innings as he allowed three runs and struck out five, while picking up a no decision. Sophomore Dan Francis (East Amherst, NY/Clarence) came on in relief and picked up the win as he pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.

Pizzuto had another big game from the plate, going 3-for-5 as he hit in the leadoff spot for the first time all year. Pizzuto is currently riding a nine-game hit streak.

The Bulls remain home this weekend as they begin a three-game set with Miami (OH), who is currently leading the MAC East. Friday’s game is set for 3:00 pm, while both Saturday and Sunday’s games will have 1:00 pm starts.

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