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"Quick Hits: Baseball season starts, men's basketball on losing streak"

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Wrestling (5-12, 0-6 Mid-American Conference)

On Friday, the Bulls lost to Binghamton (7-10, 4-4 America East) 24-12. The Bulls grabbed the first two decisions of the match, thanks to senior Max Soria and Freshman Sean Peacock. After four decisions, the Bulls were up 3-1, when Binghamton reeled off six straight decisions, to pull off the comeback.

On Sunday, Soria – a fifth-year senior – won 14 -3 in his final match at Alumni Arena on senior day. Despite Soria’s efforts, the Bulls lost the match to Eastern Michigan (8-11, 1-6 MAC) 22 – 10. Buffalo’s losing streak is currently six matches, which is tied for their second longest of the season.

The team concludes its season on Feb. 20 when it takes on Northern Illinois (9-11, 1-5 MAC) in Dekalb, Illinois. The match is set for 7 p.m.

Baseball (0-3)

The baseball team opened up their regular season with a three-game sweep from James Madison (1-0, 0-0 CAA) and Gardner-Webb (2-1, 0-0 Big South).

On Friday, the Bulls dropped their first game 5-4. The Bulls offense flashed early, as they scored four runs in the top of the third inning, capped off by a two-run home run by junior outfielder Mike Abrunzo.

Then, James Madison scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 5-1 lead that ended up being the final score.

On Saturday, the Bulls offense was silenced, plating just one run and five hits as they fell to Gardner-Webb 7-1. Junior pitcher Ben Hartz picked up the loss, allowing eight hits and four earned runs in four and a two-thirds of action.

In Sunday’s game, senior pitcher allowed four earned runs in the sixth inning to give Garner-Webb a 5-3 lead. The Runnin’ Bulldogs added an insurance run in the eighth inning en route to a 6-3 victory.

The Bulls will look to get their first victory of the season on Sunday, Feb. 15, when they finish their two-game series against Gardner-Webb. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball (15-9, 6-6 MAC)

On Saturday, the men’s team suffered their third consecutive loss with a 75-74 loss to Central Michigan (18-5, 8-4 MAC) at Alumni Arena.

The Bulls had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but the floater from senior forward Xavier Ford fell short.

Ford finished with 12 points and a team-leading 13 rebounds, but also committed six turnovers as well. Junior forward Justin Moss had 13 points and four rebounds.

Junior guard Jarryn Skeete led the Bulls with 19 points and three made 3-pointers. Over the last two games, Skeete has found his groove from beyond the arc, hitting six of his last 13 3-pointers.

The Bulls will look to get off their losing streak when they travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan to take on Eastern Michigan (16-9, 5-7 MAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (14-9, 7-5 MAC)

After watching their four-game winning streak snap earlier in the week, the Bulls got back on track, defeating MAC West leading Western Michigan (16-8, 9-4 MAC) 54-44 on Saturday.

The Bulls held Western Michigan to just 29 percent shooting from the field, the second lowest total allowed by the Bulls this season. Winners of five of their last seven games, the Bulls have held opponents to just 31 percent shooting in those five victories.

Senior forward Kristen Sharkey continued her stellar play, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block. She led the team in scoring and rebounding, and finished with three of the team’s four assists.

Junior forward Mackenzie Loesing finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench.

The Bulls now return home to Alumni Arena for a two-game home stand. Their next game will on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when they host Kent State (4-19, 2-10 MAC). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Softball (3-7)

The Bulls finished 1-4 overall this past weekend in the Maverick Invitational in Arlington, Texas.

On Saturday, the Bulls started off with an 11-0 loss to Sam Houston St. (2-5) in five innings. The offense struggled, as the Bulls accumulated zero runs and managed just six hits. The Bulls recovered in both the win column and offensively, with a 10-7 victory over Incarnate Word (1-9) in eight innings.

The Bulls plated 10 runs and had 18 hits against the Cardinals. Sophomore outfielder/catcher Ashton Earnhardt finished with four hits, while freshman shortstop Danielle Lallos hit her first career home run in victory.

On Sunday, the Bulls lost their last game of the invitational, falling to Ohio State (7-1) 15-6 in seven innings. Freshman pitcher Charlotte Miller lasted just one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs and one home run, picking up the loss.

The Bulls don’t play until Feb. 27, when they head to Mercer to compete in the Black and Orange challenge. Their first opponent is Kennesaw St. (5-2). First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

Women’s Tennis (1-2)

The women’s tennis team did not play this week. Their next game will be on Friday, Feb. 20, when they host ASA (2-0). The match will start at 1 p.m.

Men’s Tennis (5-3)

The Men’s tennis team did not play this week. Their next game will be on Friday, Feb. 20, when they go to the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville, New York to face Niagara (2-2). The match will start at 7 p.m.

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