Bowling Green State's baseball team was hoping to clinch a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Friday, but fell to Buffalo 4-3 in a ten-inning thriller at Steller Field.
The Falcons got to work early, Jeremy Shay roped a double down the left field line to bring in BG's first run in the bottom of the first. Buffalo tied the game up in the top of the second, but from there BGSU's starting pitcher Mike Frank retired 10 straight Buffalo hitters. In the bottom of the seventh, Shay got back to work with another RBI double to give the Falcons the 2-1 lead.
In the eighth inning is when the game got interesting. With one out and the bases loaded for the Bulls, Jon Mestas skied the ball to right center, center fielder Patrick Lancaster would make the catch for out number two. Buffalo's runner at third then tagged up and headed for home. Lancaster and fired it home to catcher T.J. Losby who appeared to make the tag at home for the final out of the eighth inning, helping the Falcons hold on to the 2-1 lead. However, the umpires would come together and reverse the call saying the Buffalo runner was safe at home because Losby dropped the ball. This run tied the game up at 2-2 and then the Bulls would get a go-ahead run in the same inning to take the lead 3-2.
The Falcons would then tie the game up 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Nick Glanzman would bring in the tying run with an RBI sacrifice fly. The game would remain tied after nine innings so it went into extra innings. Buffalo scored the go-ahead run off a sacrifice fly and would hold on to win 4-3 in ten innings.
The two teams will finish the series and the regular season Saturday 1 p.m. at Steller Field. BGSU needs to win this final match up in order to clinch a spot in the MAC tournament.