MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. - The Union College softball team dropped a pair of games at Milligan (Tenn.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Sunday, losing game one, 3-2, and game two, 4-2.
With the losses, the Bulldogs fell to 13-9 on the year, 0-4 in the AAC. Milligan improved to 4-5, 4-0 in the AAC with the victories.
Game one was a pitchers duel between Union's Rachel Cogdill and Milligan's Chancli Connatser, as both tossed solid games, but did so much differently early on.
In the first four innings, Cogdill shut down the Milligan starting line-up, not allowing a hit in that span. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs smacked seven hits off of Connatser in the first four innings, but stranded six on base, keeping them off the scoreboard in the process.
In the fifth, Union finally cracked the scoreless tie. After Danielle Borum forced a walk, Tiffanie Moore knocked her home on an RBI double down the left field line, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. That lead, however, was short lived, as Jessica Wheelock recorded the Buffaloes' first hit of the day, which was a solo home run with two outs, tying the game up at 1-1.
After a quiet sixth, McKenna Brown led off the seventh with a single. With two outs, Brown stood on third with Moore up, and the freshman delivered, hitting an RBI single to shallow center to give Union the lead at 2-1.
However, Milligan answered big time in the bottom of the seventh to take the game, scoring twice on four hits.. With the bases loaded and one away, MC's Krista Lambdin ended it with an RBI single, giving the Buffaloes a one-run win.
Overall, Moore came up huge for Union in game one, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double, while Ashley Wojnowski posted another multiple-hit game, going 2-for-4. Cogdill (5-4) was the hard luck loser for Union, striking out seven in six and a thirds innings of work.
In the second game, the Bulldogs took an early lead, only to see the Buffaloes storm back, then hold off a late rally to complete the doubleheader sweep.
After a scoreless first, Union took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after Brown knocked in Amanda Cupp from second base on an RBI single. That lead held into the fourth, as starter Katie Perkins rolled through the first three innings.
But, in the fourth, Milligan came back, tying the game up at 1-1. After the Bulldogs left two on base in the top of the fifth, the Buffaloes took the lead in the bottom of the inning, plating a single run to go up 2-1. Milligan then scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 4-1 lead into the seventh.
Those runs proved to be pivotal, as the Bulldogs made one last comeback in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Milligan made two errors in one at-bat, as Wojnowski scored from second base on the mistakes to cut the deficit down to two.
But, with the tying run at the plate, the Buffaloes were able to record the final out, notching a two-run win in the process.
Overall, Wojnowski led the Bulldogs again at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while both Brown and Moore were 2-for-3 in the defeat. Perkins (2-1) took the loss in the circle for Union, allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, traveling to Kentucky Wesleyan for an out-of-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.