Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 20:03
Baseball takes weekend series
The baseball team picked up a series win as it traveled to Farmville, Va. to take on Longwood University (4-5).
The Bulls (6-4) found their stride offensively after losing the series opener. After going 0 for 4 – ending a 21-game hitting streak – on Friday, senior outfielder Jason Kanzler bounced back with an impressive second game and recorded four hits in five plate appearances.
Kanzler was one double shy of the cycle.
“Jason came out [Saturday] and was focused and had some nice at-bats,” said head coach Ron Torgalski. “He drove the ball a couple of times.”
On the mound, Buffalo was able to pound the strike zone. Senior shortstop and pitcher Mike Burke – who earned the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week award – picked up his second win of the season.
Burke also recorded six strikeouts in the final game in which he pitched to clinch the series.
Pollock out for year
Despite the Bulls' 6-4 start – their best in program history – the Bulls will have to finish the season without their preseason All-MAC first team selection senior outfielder Matt Pollock.
Pollock injured his hand in batting practice before the team’s first game at North Carolina A&T (4-7, 1-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) but was able to play in the Bulls’ first game of the season, going 2 for 4.
“I had it taped pretty tight and once I took the tape off, my whole hand was swollen,” Pollock said. “The next day, I couldn’t even open and close my hand. At that point, I basically knew I was done for the year.”
Pollock attempted to come back for a game the next weekend against Virginia Military Institute (5-8) but said he was “swinging with one hand.”
Pollock had his hand examined on Tuesday morning and the surgeon told him his hamate bone was fractured and he would have to have surgery to fix it. Pollock expects recovery time for the broken bone to be four weeks.
He also has tendonitis in his wrist, and if his wrist takes too long to recover, he may have to have surgery to repair that as well.
Pollock intends to take a medical redshirt and sit out the rest of the season and return to complete his Buffalo career next year.
Softball rained out
The softball team took part in the Marshall Tournament this past weekend for an early season matchup against Robert Morris (5-2) and Marshall (7-9).
The Bulls (2-9) struggled offensively, recording eight hits on the weekend while leaving a total of 10 runners on base.
Due to inclement weather, the Bulls were unable to finish their weekend series. No make-up games were scheduled.
They will travel to California on March 8 to take on Southern Utah (3-12) in the Cal Riverside Tournament.