GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Union College split a pair of games Wednesday evening, 2-1 (9 innings) and 6-5, with the Lady Bulldogs claiming the extra inning game at Georgetown College in non-conference action.
With the win and loss, Union now sits at 3-5 (0-0 AAC) while Georgetown moves to 4-12 on the season.
Game one was a pitcher's duel as both pitchers dominated in the circle. Both teams combined for a total of six hits throughout the first six innings of the game. Georgetown was on the verge of scratching a run across in the bottom half of the first inning, advancing runners to second and third with two outs, but senior Sarah Driver (1-3) slammed the door shut, forcing Laura Hoffman into an inning ending groundout.
The contest stayed scoreless until the top of the eighth inning when Morgan Brown (Waynesburg, Ky.) slapped a single, scoring Jennifer Burke (Ewing, Va.) from second. Georgetown responded, however in the bottom of the eighth when Katie Mann doubled, plating Whitney Ealey.
The Lady Bulldogs come through again in the top of the ninth as they manufactured a run. Sophomore Ali Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) bunted Morgan Brown to third and then Abby Sears (London, Ky.) hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Brown to take a 2-1 lead.
That's all Driver would need as the Hopkinsville, Ky. native retired the side in order in the ninth to claim her first win of the season.
Morgan Brown and Abby Sears provided the RBI's for Union as both players tallied one while going 1-for-3 from the dish. Freshman Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) stayed hot offensively, going 2-for-3 in the first game.
Game two was controlled by the offenses as Union scored two runs in the first inning. The Lady Bulldogs could have opened a big lead in the first frame as they had already platted two and had the bases loaded with just one out, but a pop-up t the catcher off of the bat of Ashley Tatman (Lexington, Ky.) and an Autumn Greenwell (Hopkinsville, Ky.) groundout dashed those chances of busting the game open.
Georgetown claimed their first lead of the day in the third inning when the Lady Tigers pushed three runs across on the strength of two hits and two Union errors.
The Lady Tigers eventually pushed their lead to 5-2 heading into the final inning when Union scored three runs on three hits to tie things at 5-5. Georgetown responded in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Laura Hoffman, scoring Mallory Johnson to claim a 6-5 win.
Abby Sears ripped the ball offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sarah Driver also made her presence known offensively in the game as she went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI's.
"We keep improving and we keep getting better in all facets of the game," Head Coach Danny Fish added after the game. "I think we will continue to show strides offensively and defensively and I look forward to how we will play in the weeks to come."
Union returns to action Saturday as they will host Lincoln Memorial University for a doubleheader at Union Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.