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Softball goes 2-1 against Western Michigan, improves to 13-10

UB won its second consecutive series over the weekend

<p>Senior catcher Olivia Kincanon runs to first base during a game last season.</p>

Senior catcher Olivia Kincanon runs to first base during a game last season.

UB softball (13-10) went 2-1 this weekend against Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan (13-18) to improve to 13-10 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

UB’s 13-10 record marks its best start since 2014.

UB split its Saturday doubleheader at Kenmore East High School, winning its first game 9-7 and falling 4-2 in the second game. Sophomore infielder Rachel Steffan homered in the third inning of the first game to give Buffalo a 3-1 advantage, but the Broncos responded with multiple home runs to take a 4-3 lead. 

The two teams traded leads as senior catcher Olivia Kincanon hit a home run in the sixth inning and had a walk-off home run in the seventh to give the Bulls a 9-7 victory. Kincacon went 2-for-3 with five runs batted in, a walk and three runs. 

Graduate  outfielder Anna Aguon also showed out as she went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.  Sophomore pitcher Julia Tarantino got the win in the circle, to improve her record to 6-5 on the season.

The Bulls dropped the second game of the doubleheader 4-2. Sophomore third baseman Madison Fernimen recorded the team’s only two RBIs and went 1-for-3 at the plate.

UB charged back on Sunday to win its second series in a row, defeating the Broncos 2-1. Steffan produced two of UB’s five hits and drove home an RBI in the winning effort. 

The Bulls will travel to Olean, NY on Wednesday to face St. Bonaventure (5-20) in a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. 

The sports desk can be reached at sports@ubspectrum.com

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