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Quick Hits: Softball has historic opening weekend, men’s tennis continues hot streak

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 19:02

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Juan D. Pinzon, The Spectrum

Sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing dribbles into the lane during the Bulls’ game against Miami Ohio on Thursday afternoon. The Bulls fell to Central Michigan on the road on Sunday, 74-63.

Men’s Tennis (3-1)

The No. 71 Bulls made an East Coast road trip over the weekend, traveling to Dartmouth (7-1) and Penn (0-1) for a pair of Ivy League matchups. The Bulls dropped their first match of the weekend, 6-1, to the No. 63 Big Green.

Dartmouth swept the doubles, and Pablo Alvarez won the Bulls’ only point, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

On Saturday against Penn, the Bulls turned it around. After losing the first doubles matchup, the Bulls won the next two. The first six singles matchups were evenly split between the two teams, but Alvarez came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the last two games, 6-5, 6-4, and seal the victory.

Buffalo returns home next weekend for a home match against Duquesne (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) at 1 p.m.

Softball (6-0)

The Bulls had a historic opening weekend to start their season, starting 6-0 for the first time in school history.

Buffalo swept Southern University (0-2) in a doubleheader on Friday, scoring a school Division I record 19 runs in the second game – a 19-5 win. The Bulls defeated Southern, 10-1, in the first game. Senior outfielder Holly Luciano went 5 for 7 at the plate, including one homerun and nine RBIs, in the doubleheader.

The Bulls then swept their first day at the Lion Classic, defeating Texas Tech (2-2), Alabama State (0-4) and Southeastern Louisiana (1-2) by scores of 5-0, 4-3 and 2-1, respectively.

On Sunday, Buffalo completed its perfect weekend with a 1-0 shutout of Nicholls State (1-4). Senior pitcher Tori Speckman pitched a complete game, striking out four while walking zero, for her fourth win of the season. Junior outfielder Karly Nevez recorded the Bulls’ only RBI.

The Bulls will next play two weekends from now in the Red and Blue Classic hosted by Ole Miss (2-3) in Oxford, Miss.

Women’s Basketball (13-9, 6-5 MAC)

Junior forward Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 21 points and six rebounds on Sunday afternoon against Central Michigan, but they couldn’t pull out the victory as Buffalo fell 74-63.

Junior forward Christa Baccas added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Track & Field

Saturday, the track and field teams competed in the Skyes & Sabock Challenge Cup in State College, Pa. The women finished second and the men finished third.

Sophomore distance runner Brian Crimmins set a UB record in the mile run, with a time of 4:08.73, which was good for third place in the event.

The teams will next compete in the Division I Invite next weekend in Geneva, Ohio.

Wrestling (3-14, 0-6 Mid-American Conference)

The Bulls traveled west this weekend to take on No. 9 Missouri (8-2, 5-1 MAC) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (3-10, 0-1 MAC).

The Tigers swept the Bulls Friday, 41-0, but UB bounced back to defeat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 27-12, Sunday.

The Bulls will next face Binghamton (4-11) this Friday at Alumni Arena at 7 p.m.

 

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