Bulls Earn a Pair of Wins In Day Two of Pirates Classic
Buffalo softball defeats Maryland-Eastern Shore and South Carolina State, falls to Howard
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA- The University at Buffalo softball team defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 3-0, and South Carolina State, 8-0, but fell to Howard, 1-0, in the second day of play at the Pirates Classic at Hampton University.
In the first game of the day, Buffalo beat Maryland-Eastern Shore for the second consecutive day. In the first inning, Candice Sheehan started things off for the Bulls with a single to left field. Erin Zilka followed with a single, advancing Sheehan to second, and Kristin Waldron drove home the first run of the day on a fielder’s choice. The Bulls scored again in the bottom of the third with Zilka getting on base first, with a walk. Waldron singled up the middle, advancing Zilka to second. Sharon Barr got on base off a throwing error by the pitcher and advanced to second on the throw, scoring an RBI. The last Buffalo run came in the fifth inning. Sheehan walked and Waldron tripled to left center, driving Sheehan home for the score. Barr pitched the complete game for UB, striking out seven batters and not allowing any runs.
Against Howard, freshman Terese Diaz started on the mound for UB. Diaz pitched a two-hitter, striking out seven and allowed no earned runs. The only run of the game came on a Buffalo error in the first inning. The Bulls couldn’t produce a consistent string of hits to score in the game, as the Bison won, 1-0.
Buffalo rallied in the final game of the day, defeating South Carolina State, 8-0. Sheehan, Waldron and Kristen Gallipani were key offensive players in the win over of the Bulldogs. UB opened their scoring in the first inning with a single from Sheehan and a sacrifice bunt from Alex Bejarano to advance Sheehan to second. Waldron hit her second triple of the day to earn the first UB run of the game. The Bulls scored three of their runs in the sixth innings starting with Gallipani’s double to left center. Gallipani scored three of Buffalo’s eight RBIs in the game. Sheehan went three for five and earned two RBIs while Waldron collected the remaining three RBIs, going three for four. The Bulldogs were unable to score as Barr earned the shutout for Buffalo. Barr pitched the complete game striking out five and only giving up two hits.
The Bulls are back in action in Virginia Beach, VA tomorrow morning at 11am against a team that has yet to be determined.
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