Niagara Catholic product Jen Hare’s towering home run was one of many highlights as the Niagara softball team rolled to a comfortable 8-1 win over Buffalo on Wednesday.

Kristen Kill had four hits, scored three runs and had two RBIs for the winners while Kayla Hines added two RBIs for the Niagara (19-15).

Erin Zilka started things off for UB (21-21) by hitting her second home run in as many games.

But soon after, the Purple Eagles knocked Buffalo starting pitcher Teresa Diaz out of the contest by taking a 5-1 lead.

Julie DiMatteo got the win for NU, pitching six innings with five strikeouts until giving way to Patricia Kennery.


Buffalo 6, Niagara 4

Count Niagara interim baseball coach Rob McCoy as one of the many who dreads hump day.

For some reason or another, his Purple Eagles seem to struggle with the weekend out of sight, and Wednesday’s loss to the University at Buffalo at Sal Maglie Stadium was no exception.

An unearned run proved the game’s decisive play as Niagara fell to 15-24 on the season.

“We went through the motions (Wednesday),” McCoy said. “Mid-week games have been less than stellar for us and we need to fight to stay focused.”

Freshman walk-on James Fort struck out half the six batters he faced but still took the loss.

Graham Skelhorne-Gross had two of the Purple Eagles’ seven hits on the day, adding a run and an RBI. Freshman Wynton Bernard also scored and knocked in a run with a fifth-inning triple.

Adam Skonieczki had three hits for Buffalo (15-23).

Women’s track

N-W product Hathaway wins 800

Bucknell senior Megan Hathaway (Niagara-Wheatfield) earned a victory over the weekend in the 800 meters at the Bucknell Team Challenge.

Hathaway won the event in 2:13.49 to lead five Bison track and field athletes who won events at the Team Challenge, in which Bucknell captured first place.

Next up for the Bison is the Red Flash Open in Loretto, Pa.


NU teams get APR award

The Niagara University women’s basketball and volleyball teamms were given the Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards, the school announced on Wednesday.

The honor means the two teams ranked in the top 10 percent academically for their respective sports.

Niagara’s women’s basketball team and baseball squad were honored in 2008.

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