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Buffalo Vs. Western Michigan, 2012 MAC Baseball Tournament: Bulls Hold Off Late Surge, Advance To Semifinals

On Friday morning, the No. 8 seeded Buffalo Bulls advanced to the Semifinal round of the 2012 MAC Baseball Tournament when they defeated the No. 5 seeded Western Michigan Broncos by a final score of 10-8. Despite a spirited effort by the Broncos in the bottom of the ninth inning which saw the team score six runs, the Bulls lead proved to be too great and the team managed to hold onto the win.

The Bulls win came on the back of two outstanding performances; one of which came from starting pitcher Mike Burke and the other coming from first baseman, Alex Baldock. Burke allowed two earned runs on ten hits in eight innings pitched and struck out four while only walking one. Baldock finished the game with three hits in four at-bats as well as a game-high five RBI, which was the source of half the Broncos total offense on the day.

Buffalo will have to play later on Friday afternoon when the team will challenge No. 1 seeded Kent State at 4 pm. Kent State has outscored their opponents 21-3 in the two games they have played thus far in the tournament.

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