CLERMONT, Fla. -- Buffalo State ended its Spring Break Trip with two loses, falling to Southern Maine in the opener, 11-3 and Middlebury in game two, 11-2.
GAME #1: Southern Maine – 11, Buffalo State – 3
Abijah Adams (Rochester/Greece-Arcadia) finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored. Melissa Woods (Lakeview/Frontier) went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Laura Crooks (Niagara Falls/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Cassandra O'Hern (Augusta, NJ/High Point) each hit 2-for-4, with O'Hern contributing an RBI. Allie Block (N. Tonawanda/Starpoint) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, as she went five innings allowing four runs (two earned) with one strikeout. Buffalo State got on the board first in the bottom of the opening inning. O'Hern singled up the middle, driving in Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga) to put the Bengals up 1-0. Southern Maine responded with two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Huskies added a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 5-1. Buffalo State battled back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on RBI-singles by Adams and Woods to cut the deficit to 5-3. Southern Maine answered right back with a six-run, seventh inning and held the Bengals scoreless in the bottom half to claim the 11-3 victory.
GAME #2: Buffalo State – 2, Middlebury 11 (5 Inn.)
Syymokowiak, O'Hern and Crooks were the only Bengals to record hits in the shortened game.
Buffalo State again found itself ahead 1-0, getting an RBI single by O'Hern in the top of the first.
Middlebury answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Szymokowiak got the game tied at two in the top of the second with an RBI-triple down the right field line. She was thrown out at home in a close play as she attempted the inside-the-park homerun. The wheels fell off for the Bengals in the bottom half of the inning as the Panthers scored six runs to retake an 8-2 lead.
Middlebury got three more in the fourth, and held Buffalo State scoreless over the remainder of the game to close out the 11-2 win.
The Bengals hop on a plane to return to Buffalo later this evening as it end its Spring Break trip down in Clermont, Fla. Buffalo State next plays at Oswego in its first SUNYAC doubleheader of the season on Friday at 3 p.m.