Keydets Fall to Buffalo, 10-3
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LEXINGTON, Va.  - Jason Kanzler's third home run of the tournament helped the Buffalo Bulls to an early 5-1 lead, and the visitors went on to defeat the VMI Keydets, 10-3, in the third game of this weekend's VMI round-robin tournament at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va.

The Keydets (1-5) took a 1-0 lead in the third, but seven of the first eight batters in the Buffalo (3-3) fifth reached against Connor Bach. A throwing error and four walks were part of the key uprising, with Kanzler's three-run home run standing as the key blow. VMI drew back to within 6-2 entering the ninth, but the Bulls put four additional runs on the board to ensure the victory.

Offensively, VMI was led by freshman Ray Lopez, who went 3 for 5 in the setback, while Cody Holder was on base three times in four plate appearances. Kanzler went 2 for 5 with four RBI to lead the visitors, who split their two games this weekend with the Keydets.

The home team jumped ahead in the third, when Matt Winn led off with a single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on Jordan Tarsovich's infield out. Lopez then drove him home with a looping liner into right center, a ball that the freshman hustled into a double and a 1-0 VMI lead.

The Keydets could not cash in on two fourth-inning baserunners, however. Holder led off the inning with a walk, but back to back fielder's choice groundouts followed. Drew Bryan then doubled to left-center for his first career extra-base hit, but Winn grounded out with two on to end the inning.

Buffalo immediately jumped on the opportunity, as Mike Scarcello led off the frame with a walk. Mike Burke attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Bach's throw to first was high, causing Cameron Walter to come off the base and Bach to be tagged with an error. One batter later, Jim Topps walked and Jon Mestas followed with a two-run single, giving Buffalo the lead for good. The next batter, Kanzler, drilled a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run home run, making it a 5-1 contest.

The Bulls added an unearned run in the sixth, after a throwing error by Lopez on a bunt attempt by Topps. Down 6-1, the Keydets got back on the board in the eighth. Nick Dwyer hit a long drive down the right field line that fell, hit in the grass and appeared to bounce sideways to get beyond right fielder Thomas Richards for a triple. Holder followed with a drive to right as well, a ball that Richards lost in the sun for a RBI double, cutting the margin to 6-2.

Four different pitchers saw action in the ninth inning for VMI, with Jason Stafford and Micah Gorman making their collegiate debuts. UB added four runs on four hits in the frame to go up 10-2. The Keydets then scored the game's final run in the bottom half, with Sheldon Shifflett scoring on a Gary LeClair sacrifice fly to account for the final margin.

On the mound, Bach took the loss for VMI to drop to 0-2, as he was charged with five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He issued five of VMI's eight free passes and struck out two. Cory Folk (1-0) got the win for Buffalo, allowing just one run over six innings. Folk gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two. Zach Stephens pitched the final three innings for his first save, giving up two runs (one earned) in the process.

"I was impressed with Buffalo's starter, Cory Folk," said VMI head coach Marlin Ikenberry. "He kept our hitters off balance and limited his mistakes all day. They did what they were supposed to, extending the lead late after Kanzler's big home run early. I was happy with Andrew Woods' relief outing, as I felt he pitched well, but the bottom line is that you won't win many games when you issue eight walks."

Buffalo 10, VMI 3 (Feb. 24, 2013 at Lexington, Va.)
Buffalo           000 051 004  -  10 9 0  (3-3)
VMI               001 000 011  -  3 9 3   (1-5)
BUFFALO - Folk; Stephens (7) and Brennan. 
VMI - Bach; Woods (5); Kelley (9); Stafford (9); Gorman (9) and Winn. 
W- Folk (1-0)  S - Stephens (1) L - Bach (0-2) T- 2:43  A-220
HR BUFFALO - Kanzler (3)