Tonawanda News

March 26, 2006

Central Michigan sweeps UB

College Roundup

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AMHERST — Central Michigan hurlers Ty Dunham and Josh Collmenter each threw shutouts Saturday as the University at Buffalo baseball team dropped a Mid-American Conference doubleheader to the visiting Chippewas at Amherst Audubon Field. CMU won the opener 5-0 and then shutout the Bulls 8-0 in the second contest.

Collmenter allowed only two hits and struck out 14 batters in eight innings of work in the second game after Dunham tossed a two-hitter in the opener.

Freshmen Jacob Rosenbeck (Medina) and James Piazza (Williamsville North) had the only hits on the day for UB. They both singled in each game.

Freshman Steve Geltz (Wilson) took the loss in the second of the twin bill as he allowed five earned runs in five innings of work.

On Sunday, Kurt Lauscher pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball to send UB to its third straight loss by shutout, as Central Michigan prevailed 12-0.

Lauscher (4-1) struck out seven for the Chippewas (12-9 overall, 3-0 Mid-American Conference). UB (4-17, 0-3) got two hits from Mike Folli in defeat.

This is the first time in UB baseball history that the team has failed to score a run in three straight games.

The Bulls open their Big 4 schedule at 2 p.m. Wednesday when they meet Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex.

Niagara 14, Iona 5

NEW ROCHELLE — Niagara starter Mark Wilson worked six innings to get the win as the Purple Eagles swept a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series from the Gaels.

Wilson (2-3) allowed six hits and two runs, striking out three. Mike Alati had four RBIs for Niagara, while Daniel Parsons, Paul Solini, Tim Alberts and Chris Leendertse drove in two runs apiece.

Niagara (10-10 overall, 3-0 MAAC) ran its winning streak to six games, outscoring the Gaels 28-8 in the series.

Niagara is at Binghamton at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader.

women’s tennis

Western Michigan 6, UB 1

Bowling Green 5, UB 2

The University at Buffalo women’s tennis team kicked off the Mid-American Conference portion of its schedule Friday afternoon — just not the way the Bulls had hoped.

UB lost to Western Michigan 6-1 at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Bulls got a singles victory from Andrea Novaceanu and a doubles triumph from Novaceanu and Tina Jacob.

The losing streak would continue Saturday for the Bulls.

After winning a pair of doubles matches and earning the doubles point, the Bulls managed just one singles win in losing 6-2 at Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference matchup on Saturday.

Novaceanu won the Bulls (8-4, 0-2 MAC) only singles match. The victory extended Novaceanu’s school-record single season win total to 21 and was her eighth straight.

men’s tennis

Manhattan 5, UB 2

The University at Buffalo men’s tennis squad dropped a non-conference match to Manhattan College on Saturday night at the Village Glen Tennis Center.

UB (8-5 overall) got singles victories from Mike Rockman and East Amherst native Fred Duncan, but dropped all three doubles matches and the remaining singles contests.

The match was coach Russ Crispell’s final home appearance, as he’ll retire from coaching at the end of the season.

UB next travels to Ball State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

softball

Coastal Carolina 8, UB 0

The University at Buffalo softball team finished the East Carolina State Farm Pirate Classic on a negative note.

The Bulls lost 8-0 to Coastal Carolina on Sunday, as they dropped all four games in the tournament. Junior Sophie Barstad was the losing pitcher for UB. Christine Doyle threw a one-hitter for Coastal Carolina.

The Bulls next travel to Pittsburgh for a doubleheader with the Panthers, which begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Niagara 10, Sacred Heart 2

Brown 7, Niagara 2

BALTIMORE — The Niagara University softball team finished second at the UMBC Classic on Sunday, falling to Brown in the championship game.

Niagara (13-7), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped in the title contest, advanced to the finals by beating Sacred Heart in the semifinals.

Niagara hit five home runs in the win over Sacred Heart, including back-to-back-to-back blasts by Felicia Coffey, Jennifer Yee and Tory Healy in the second inning.

Lisa Baker and Ashley Bognar (Cardinal O’Hara) also homered for Niagara. Brooke Viola pitched a five-hitter for the win in a game that was halted after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Niagara fell into an early 5-0 hole against Brown and never recovered. Nicole Sum went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Niagara, Yee went 3-for-4.