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Baseball - Sat, Mar. 6, 2010
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Union
Covenant College

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Miscues throughout the first contest hurt the Bulldogs as they split a pair of games at Jerry Carey Stadium against Covenant College in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.

Game one went to Covenant, 8-6, while the Bulldogs dominated the second game of the day, 9-3.

With today's results, Union moves to 7-6 (2-1 AAC) on the season while the Scots now sit at 4-3 (1-2 AAC).

The Bulldogs came out of the gates today stumbling, allowing three runs and committing three errors in the opening inning of the day.

Union battled back to tie the game, 4-4, after scratching across two runs in both the second and fifth innings, only to see the game slip away in the top half of the sixth inning as Covenant pushed across four runs (two earned) on two more Bulldog errors.

Union tried to battle back in the final frame of the contest when junior Steve Scheelk (Kansas City, Mo.) slapped a two-out, bases-loaded single to right field scoring two but freshman Josh Longbrake (St. Cloud, Fla.) got caught between second and third and was eventually tagged out for the final out of the game.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by sophomore Donnie Popham (Louisville, Ky.) who was perfect from the dish (4-4) and crossed the plate twice. Scheelk went 1-for-3 with three RBI's and freshman Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the opening game.

The Bulldogs wasted no time jumping on the Scots in the second game, as Union plated five runs in the second inning. Tyler Brake highlighted the offensive outburst with a 2-run double for the Bulldogs.
 
From there Union rode the solid pitching of senior Matt Modinski (St. Charles, Ill.) and sophomore Drew Chamberlain (Cumberland, Ky.) as the tandem combined for seven innings pitched, only giving up three runs on six hits while fanning five batters.
 
Chamberlain was credited with the win for Union as he hurled four innings of no-hit baseball.
 
Tyler Brake led the Bulldogs from the dish as the freshman was 2-for-2 with three RBI's. Sophomore Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) also had a solid game at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
 
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to the University of the Cumberlands for a non-conference tilt. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.