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Softball - Tue, Apr. 28, 2009
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. - A two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning sent Union College into the losers' bracket of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Tuesday as the Lady Bulldogs suffered a 3-2 opening-round loss against Virginia Intermont College.

No. 5 seed Union moved to 22-24 on the season and will play ninth-seeded Bluefield (Va.) College at 11 a.m. Wednesday. No. 4 seed Virginia Intermont improved to 19-22 and into a semifinal contest against the No. 8 Covenant (Ga.) College Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Haley Odle ended the game after her double into left center and Kelli Porter coming around from first to score Virginia Intermont's third run.

Trailing 1-0 to start the fifth inning, Mallory Lavoy (Temperance, Mich.) hit a ground ball through the right side which rolled to the fence resulting in a RBI double to tie the contest. Sherry DeVault (Baltimore, Ohio) scored the game-tying run all the way from first.

Lavoy ended the game going 2-for-2, the only Union player with a multi-hit effort. She scored Union's second run after Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) doubled in the top half of the seventh inning to tie the game at two apiece.

Virginia Intermont regained the advantage, 2-1, after Heather Odle hit a home run over the left-field fence to start the sixth inning.

Michelle Kidd placed a single into shallow left field with two outs which allowed Mycah Arnold to come home from third in the fourth inning. The RBI single gave Virginia Intermont the first lead of the game. Arnold's single to start the inning was the first hit for the Lady Cobras.

Driver suffered the loss going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. The junior mixed in three strikeouts, walked three and hit two Lady Cobra batters.

Kristen Dyer only recorded one out, however she picked up the win in relief. Her one out was a strikeout.

In all five Virginia Intermont players recorded a hit.

Lady Bulldog Notes

  • Lavoy's multi-hit game was her seventh in 2009.
  • Union moved to 5-9 in one-run games this season. Six of the defeats have been against conference foes.