VOLUME 31, NUMBER 29 THURSDAY, April 27, 2000

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Duquesne 7, UB 2
UB 6, Duquesne 5
Canisius 3, UB 0
Canisius 8, UB 5

The Bulls split a doubleheader with Duquesne April 18 in their first games this season in Dunn Tire Park. The Dukes took the opener 7-2 and UB took the nightcap 6-5, where Bryan Sanchez hit a two-run home run to spark a Bulls comeback. Mark Esposito got the win in relief, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up just one hit to pick up his first career victory.

Canisius swept the April 19 doubleheader in Dunn Tire Park. The Golden Griffins won the first game, 3-0, behind a shutout from starting pitcher Mark West. Kevin Brown got two of the Bulls' four hits. In the second game, UB got out to an early lead with Scott Mruczek's second home run of the season. Canisius would come back to win 8-5.



St. Francis 4, UB 1

The Bulls men's tennis squad completed its regular season April 19 with a 4-1 loss at St. Francis (Pa.). The Bulls are now 8-13 overall and 0-6 in Mid-American Conference play. Only five singles matches were played to completion and the doubles matches were canceled. The lone singles victory for the Bulls was by Fery Kasiman, who defeated Isreal Gutierrez, 6-2, 6-2, at number two. Kasiman is 11-5 overall and 3-3 against MAC competition. Two other matches were decided in third-game tiebreakers. Number one Budi Susanto fell 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to Matt Gower, while number three Justin Brtko lost 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 to Zach Hughes.

Athletes of
the Week
Mark Esposito of the baseball team picked up a victory in relief as the Bulls defeated Duquesne, 6-5, for their first win in Dunn Tire Park. The freshman right-hander pitched four innings, allowing just one hit to claim his first career win. Trailing 4-0, Esposito held the Dukes in check as the Bulls mounted a comeback rally to take the win.

Melissa Ryan of the women's track and field team was a double winner in the UB Invitational, leading the Bulls to a 355-118 win over Canisius. Ryan took first place in both the 100 high hurdles (14.21) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:02.67).


Northern Illinois 6, UB 1
Western Michigan 7, UB 0

The Bulls closed out their regular season with a pair of MAC losses at home. UB fell to Northern Illinois, 6-1, on Friday and Western Michigan, 7-0, on Saturday. Due to rain, both matches were held indoors at the Village Glen Tennis Club. UB concluded the regular season 5-15 overall and 0-9 in league play.

In UB's loss to the Huskies, the Bulls' lone win was an injury-default victory by Anne Schule. Senior Gloria Rodriguez fell to Ashley Brunk at number six, 6-4, 6-2. Against Western Michigan, the Bulls did not win a set, dropping four matches, 6-0, 6-0. Rodriguez, at number six, fell to Mindy Champion, 6-1, 6-3, while top seed Michelle Mercer dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Cyra Malik.


Mother Nature Strikes Again

UB's weekend road trip to face Siena and Albany was washed out by a steady rain that soaked the Northeast. No makeup dates were announced for either contest. The Bulls have lost six games this season due to inclement weather.

Track and Field

UB men and women post wins over Canisius

The UB men's and women's track-and-field teams hosted Canisius, several Division III schools and unattached competitors in their first home outdoor meet of 2000. The men downed Canisius, 306-115, and the UB women won, 355-118.

Multiple first-place finishers for the men's team included Kamau Halim (long jump-6.93 meters, triple jump-15.40 meters), Steve Esler (javelin-40 meters, pole vault-13-6), Steve Hoskins (100 meters-:11.17, 200 meters-:22.38), Brian Williams (110 high hurdles -:16.06, 400 intermediate hurdles-:54.22), and Adam Smith (shot put-14.93 meters, discus-47.52 meters).

Winners for the women's squad were Sarah Fletcher (discus-43 meters, javelin-30.18 meters, hammer throw-51.84 meters), Biaunca McFarland (100 meters-:12.78, triple jump-11.73 meters), Sarah Kranzler (200 meters-:25.65, long jump-5.25 meters), and Melissa Ryan (100 high hurdles-:14.21, 400 intermediate hurdles-1:02.67).


Blue Rallies Past White, 24-23, in Spring Scrimmage

The Blue team rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat the White, 24-23, in the annual UB spring football scrimmage at UB Stadium Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Demetrius Austrum gave the White team a 23-10 lead late in the third quarter when he returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown before the Blue roared back. Sophomore tailback Bam McDonald scored on a 10-yard run to cut the lead to 23-17 early in the fourth quarter and junior running back Derrick Gordon gave the Blue its winning touchdown.

The White, behind the passing of junior Mike Gaydosz, moved the ball to the Blue 33 before a 50-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Dallas Pelz missed on the last play of regulation. Gaydosz finished the day 12-of-23 for 118 yards and a touchdown. The Blue opened the scoring with a 13-play march on their first possession, capped by a three-yard pass from quarterback Mike Taylor to Dahnel Singfield. Taylor finished 14-of-19 for 160 yards passing, while Singfield led all receivers with eight catches for 58 yards.

The White responded with three defensive scores to take the lead. Junior Chris Shelly picked up a fumble and sprinted 22 yards for a score to make it16-7 in favor of the White. Blue kicker Scott Keller cut the lead to 16-10 with a 42-yard field goal before Austrum's interception return for a score gave the White a 23-10 lead.

McDonald led the Blue team with 31 yards rushing while sophomore Andre Forde had three catches for 59 yards. The Blue defense was led by Mark Graham, who had seven tackles. Chris Gray added five tackles, while Duane Williams had two quarterback sacks and a pass breakup. For the White, senior Theron Walker had 33 yards rushing, while redshirt freshman Alan Steinman had three catches for 27 yards. Defensively, the White was led by sophomore Youdlain Marcellus' eight tackles, while linebacker Brandon Jordan had six tackles. Sophomore corner Mike Lambert had a 37-yard interception return; Lorenzo Jones had two sacks.

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