VOLUME 33, NUMBER 25 THURSDAY, April 18, 2002
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Athletes of the Week
Tim Sova of the baseball team was 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored in UB's 11-6 Mid-American Conference victory over Bowling Green. Sova, a senior outfielder, tied his career-best with the four hits, all singles, as the Bulls put together a season-high 17 hits in the game.

Laura Olson of the women's track and field team won the pole vault competition at the Bucknell Open in Lewisburg, Pa. Olson took the event with a height of 11-4, the only entrant to clear 11 feet. A sophomore, Olson holds both the outdoor (11-6) and indoor (11-6.25) school records in the pole vault.


UB 11, Bowling Green 6

After suffering through several rainouts and moving some games onto the road, UB finally played its home opener Friday afternoon, defeating Bowling Green, 11-6, in the first of a four-game Mid-American Conference series.

The remainder of the series was cancelled by the rain that soaked the area over the weekend.

The victory improves the Bulls' record to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in league play.

Senior righthander Brendan Dunford got out of a ninth-inning jam, coaxing Bowling Green's Kelly Hunt to pop out to end the game with the bases loaded and giving the Bulls the win. Dunford (2-4) went the distance, striking out nine.


Northern Illinois 9, UB 0; NIU 9, UB 1; NIU 6, UB 1
Colgate 10, UB 9
UB 5, St. Bonaventure 4; UB 6, St. Bonaventure 1

UB won two of three non-conference games earlier in the week before dropping a three-game MAC series at Northern Illinois over the weekend (9-0, 9-1, 6-1).

The Bulls lost a 10-9 slugfest at Colgate on April 9 and swept St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader on April 10, earning a come-from-behind 5-4 win in the opener and taking the nightcap by a 6-1 score. Freshman Ann Marie Magur drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning of the opener with a single up the middle and blasted her first career home run, a three-run shot over the left center field fence, in the fifth inning of the nightcap. Sophomore Marce Ross also hit her first career home run during the Colgate game.



Kochendorfer honored by womenscollegehoops.com

Sophomore Jessica Kochendorfer of the women's basketball team was honored by womenscollegehoops.com, receiving honorable mention honors on the Web site's second annual All-America Team.

Kochendorfer led the Bulls with 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.36 blocks per game. She was one of only two players to start every game during the 2001-02 season, and she posted a team-high seven double-doubles on the year while leading the Bulls in scoring on 10 occasions and in rebounding on 17 occasions. Her 401 points on the year are the 10th highest in UB history, and her 38 blocks are sixth on UB's single-season record list. Kochendorfer ranked 10th in the MAC in scoring, fourth in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage (.456), tied for third in blocked shots per game, third in defensive rebounds per game (5.50) and 15th in offensive rebounds per game (2.14). In MAC games only, she ranked fourth in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (8.1) and third in blocks per game (1.31).



Toledo 7, UB 0
Eastern Michigan 7, UB 0

The Bulls dropped both of their MAC matches on the road last week to fall to 2-13 overall and 0-7 in league competition. UB dropped identical 7-0 decisions at Toledo on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Track and Field

Top performances at Sea Ray Relays

UB sent its top athletes to the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville over the weekend. The men's and women's squads turned in impressive marks at the nationally recognized event against some of the top collegiate track-and-field athletes from the eastern half of the United States.

The most impressive performances were turned in by shot putters Byron McKinney and Joe Loiacono. The duo tied for second in the open portion of the competition with tosses of 54-7.25 (16.64m). The distance gave each a share of the school record, previously set by McKinney at the Raleigh Relays two weeks ago of 53-10.5 (16.42m). Purdue's Scott Hecht won the competition at 56-10 (17.32m). Loiacono also turned in a sixth-place finish in the discus at 162-7 (49.56m), while McKinney placed 18th in the hammer toss at 157-7 (48.03m).

Sprinter Joe Clark also set a school record as he completed the 400 meters in 47.63 to place 22nd. The record broke Fumu Gakodi's mark of 48.12 set in 1994. Distance specialist Rick Stewart placed third in the 3000 steeplechase in 9:32.42 behind runners from Minnesota and Indiana State. Todd Ludden placed 13th in the 5000 meters in 15:23.70. Eric Czubaj was 25th in the 1500 meters in 3:55.45.

In the women's meet, Faith Thompson set the shot put record at 43-1.75 (13.15m) to place 17th overall. It broke her mark of 42-10.5 (13.07m) set last season. Melissa Burrows took second in the 5000 meters in 17:58.18, finishing behind Auburn's Erica Braswell, who clocked in at 17:38.51. Hollie Rhodes placed sixth in the 3000 steeplechase in 11:13.37, just two seconds off her school record set earlier this season. Sarah Fletcher turned in a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at 178-5.25 (54.39m), while Thompson was 21st at 147-1.25 (44.84m). Christina Keck was 22nd in the 800 meters in 2:12.69.


Novice 8 takes second at Knecht Cup

UB sent three entries to the Knecht Cup, hosted by Villanova University, over the weekend. The novice 8 entry was the only boat to reach the finals, finishing first in its heat in 7:13.5 ahead of teams from Lafayette, Marist, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Penn State. In the finals, the team took second in 7:20.6, six seconds behind first-place finisher Massachusetts.

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