University at Buffalo Baseball

Buffalo Sweeps Doubleheader Over Duquesne

Bulls rally for a 4-3 win in game one and cruise to a 13-3 win in game two

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Joe Mihalics

BUFFALO, NY ­ Buffalo (15-29) closed out its home schedule in grand fashion with a doubleheader sweep of Duquesne (24-25) on Wednesday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field. The Bulls came from behind to win game one, 4-3, and exploded for 13 runs to take the nightcap, 13-3.

In game one, the Bulls scored two runs in the bottom seventh and final inning to win, 4-3. Joe Mihalics (Tonawanda, NY/Timon/St. Jude) ignited the rally with a single. Brandon DiCesare (Rochester, NY/McQuaid Jesuit) reached base when his sacrifice bunt was dropped by first baseman Andy Gallina. Bryan Sanchez (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua) followed with an RBI single that scored Mihalics. With runners on first and second, Duquesne pitcher Jon Smith was called for a balk allowing the runners to advance. With one out, David Amaro (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) lifted a fly ball to center field that allowed DiCesare to tag up and score the game winner.

Tyler Balentine (Mendon, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima) earned his first win of the season in relief of starter Chris McGraw (Summerville, SC/Stratford). McGraw allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Balentine.

Adrian Daniels (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs. Mihalics also collected two hits and scored three runs.

In game two, the Bulls scored five runs in both the second and fourth innings and pounded out 14 hits before cruising to the victory. Mihalics continued to swing a hot bat in the second game as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a two-run home run. Phil Vanhorne (Scarborough, Ontario/Mother Teresa) collected three hits, including a double and a triple and scored three runs. DiCesare and Amaro each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulls.
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James Mantzanis

James Mantzanis (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) tossed a complete game, allowing two earned runs on three hits to pick up his second win of the season. Mantzanis got some defensive help as the Bulls turned a rare triple play in the sixth inning. With runners on first and second, Jonathan Kelly lined out to Daniels who flipped the ball to Vanhorne at second for the second out. Vanhorne then fired the ball to first baseman McGraw for the third out.

Prior to the game, the Buffalo baseball team presented a check for $5,000 to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The players raised the money selling team calendars.

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