May 8, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Ohio reliever Ryan Burgett came on in the fifth inning of a tight game between the Bobcats and Buffalo and limited the host Bulls to just one run the rest of the way as the `Cats picked up a 6-4 win Sunday in the series finale at the Amherst Audubon.
The Bobcats, who won the series two games to one, improved to 22-25 and 7-14 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Bulls dropped to 11-32 and 2-18 in the league.
Burgett (2-0), a senior righthander, allowed just a run on three hits in the game's last four and two-thirds innings. Starter Matt Robin lasted four and a third and gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Buffalo reliever Jesse Reinstein (0-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits with two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. Starter Cameron Copping went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Ohio left fielder Kory Burkhart went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while center fielder Ethan Newton scored twice to go along with his two hits. That duo atoned for a rare off day after going a combined 0-for-10 on Saturday against the Bulls. Third baseman/second baseman Bryan Barnes knocked in two runs as well.
UB catcher Tom Murphy, designated hitter Jordan Camp and left fielder Eric Bryce all had two hits for the Bulls. Bryce drove in two as well.
Ohio got two runs in the first when Newton reached on a double to right and came around on Burkhart's misplayed ground ball. Right fielder Adam Gecewich then knocked in Burkhart with a single to center.
The `Cats increased the lead to 3-0 on a double to deep center by first baseman Taylor Emody, but Buffalo responded with a two-run homer to right by Bryce to chop the lead to one.
UB tied the game at 3-all on a sacrifice fly to right by Murphy in the fifth.
Ohio pulled ahead in the eighth when Burkhart, who led off with a triple down the right field line, came around to score on Barnes' sac fly to center. However, the Bulls answered with a Camp single down the right field line to knot the game at 4-all.
The `Cats loaded the bases in the ninth and took a 5-4 lead when Barnes drew a bases loaded walk and tacked on another when pinch-hitter Doug Holmes' RBI groundout to second scored Newton.
Burgett retired the Bulls in order in the ninth as two hitters sent comebackers right back to him on the mound and Pollock ended it as he grounded out to Garrett Black at short.
The `Cats host Dayton on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET before welcoming Akron for a three-games series next weekend.