Griffs comeback attempt falls short against UB

By John Langley
Sports Writer

Late-inning drama can be one of the most exciting aspects of sports,and that is exactly what the fans at the Demske Athletic Complex got on Thursday afternoon when the Griffs’ hosted the University at Buffalo.

Down 7-0 to open up the bottom of the sixth, the Griffs lineup began to hit the ball all over the place, tallying six runs in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Robin Kennery got the scoring started with a two-RBI single to centerfield, while freshman catcher Bethany DeMarco knocked in three runs with a home run following a fly-out by senior outfielder Chloe Contreras.

The first inning went scoreless for both sides, and it looked as though the fans were in for a close game. In the second and third inning, the Bulls struck with three runs.

The Bulls raced out to a 7-0 lead in the following innings, getting hits off of senior pitcher Amanda Braun and sophomore pitcher Corrine Schaus. At this point, things looked gloom for the Griffs, as it seemed the Bulls had raced out to a lead that would not be caught.

The Griffs had their opportunities early on, however, as they got runners into scoring position and even loaded up the bases early. These early chances would all go for nothing as the Griffs failed to push these runners across the plate on their multiple opportunities.

Defensive struggles also hurt the Griffs, as the team committed four errors in total. Freshman infielder Alexis Roman committed three of the errors on throws to first base, which contributed to the Bulls’ early runs.

Things began to click for the Griffs seemingly out of nowhere, as if life was infused back into the young team that had seemed deflated heading into the sixth. The bad breaks that had plagued the team early in the game seemed to be bouncing the Griffs way. After battling back to get the game back within one, the Bulls got another run off of junior pitcher Jen Consaul, the ace of the Griffs pitching staff.

The Griffs had another chance in the bottom of the seventh to knot the game up at eight, but things didn’t quite work out and the Griffs fell to the Bulls by a score of eight to six. As disappointing as the loss may seem, there was a lot to take from the game as the Griffs battled hard until the end, even when it seemed like the game was all but over. The team showed a lot of heart to make a game out of it, even when most fans would think the game is over.

The Griffs will get back into league play on Saturday, April 27 when they travel to take on the Iona Gaels. The first game of that doubleheader is at 12 p.m. and the second game is at 2 p.m.

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