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Quick Hits: Records fall in track and field, softball on 10-game losing streak

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Track and field

Over the weekend, the track and field team recorded multiple program records en route to closing in on a top-25 ranking nationally.

Senior Jonathan Jones set a Florida Relays record in the shot put on Saturday, throwing for 20.70 meters, which ranks No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference and No. 2 in the nation. Distance runner Tyler Scheving broke his own school record on Friday in the 800-meter run, finishing with 1:49.02 and was good enough to qualify for the conference championship.

For the women, Malayah White, Tyra Forbes, Sara Flores and Kailyn Arcury set a 12-year program record in the 4x200-meter relay with 1:38.34.

The team will continue its season on Saturday, April 11 at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for a two-day competition, which will end on Sunday.

Baseball (7-17, 2-7 MAC)

The Bulls finished 1-3 in their four games since the start of the month.

On Wednesday, the Bulls defeated St. Bonaventure (10-9-1, 0-6 Atlantic 10) 12-5. Freshman pitcher Logan Harasta threw four and one-third innings, allowed eight hits and five earned runs. Senior pitcher Brandon Bentley picked up the win. Sophomore right fielder Vinny Mallaro hit a grand slam in the ninth inning.

Over the weekend, the Bulls were swept in a three-game series against Ohio (17-12, 5-4 MAC) in Butler, Pennsylvania. The final scores were 6-1, 5-3 and 5-3, all in favor of the Bobcats. In the three-game series, junior outfielder Nick Sinay went 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts.

The Bulls will travel to Miami, Ohio for a three-game series starting from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m.

Softball (7-26, 0-6 MAC)

The softball team was swept in four games over the weekend, continuing its longest losing streak of the season, which stands at 10 games. The Bulls were defeated by Miami Ohio on Friday, losing 6-0 in the first game and 9-8 in the second game. Heading into the seventh inning, Buffalo put up four runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Nora McGuire grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.

On Saturday, the team lost both matchups to Ball State, which was played in Oxford, Ohio in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s temporary ban on travel to Indiana. Buffalo lost 7-6 in extra innings in the first game and lost 12-4 in a shortened second game. The Bulls have not won a game in conference play.

Buffalo will play on April 8, when it will play its first home series of the year at Nan Harvey Field against Detroit (3-28, 0-6 Horizon League). First pitch is set for noon.

Women’s Tennis (6-9, 2-3 MAC)

Due to the cancelation of their Friday game against Ball State (11-4, 1-2 MAC), the Bulls had just one game this week, a 5-2 loss to Western Michigan (13-8, 5-1 MAC). The Bulls were swept in doubles play and won two of the seven singles matchups against the Broncos.

Their next game is a home game on Saturday, April 11 against Akron (9-11, 1-5 MAC). The first set will begin at 1 p.m.

Men’s Tennis (8-9, 0-2 MAC)

The men’s tennis team opened up April with back-to-back losses, pushing their losing streak to six contests. On Wednesday, the men fell to Binghamton (4-14, 2-2 MAC) 5-2. The Bulls won just one of the three doubles matches, before the Bearcats claimed five of the six singles matches to win the game.

On Friday, the Bulls fell to Western Michigan (17-5, 2-1 MAC) 5-2 at Western Michigan. The Broncos are 14-0 at home this season with the victory over the Bulls. Buffalo got off to a good start, taking two of the three doubles matches, before the Broncos took five of the six singles victories for the win.

The next game for the men’s tennis team is a conference game against Toledo (11-13, 1-1 MAC). The first set will begin at 1 p.m.

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