BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - No. 16 Union got a complete-game win from senior Adam Snyder in Saturday's opener and rallied for three runs to in the bottom of the seventh in the finale to complete the Appalachian Athletic Conference series sweep over visiting Montreat (N.C.).
Snyder (Knoxville, Tenn.) powered Union to a 10-1 decision in the first game, while Steve Schleek's (Kansas City, Mo.) sac fly scored the winning run in the 5-4 finale.
Union improves to 12-6 overall and 5-1 in the AAC with the win, while Montreat falls to 5-11overall and 1-5 in league play.
In the opener, the Bulldogs ripped 15 hits with Demetrius Davis (Marietta, Ga.) leading the way with 3-for-4 performance as he scored three times as well. Brain Mouton (Oakland, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) and Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) each finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Snyder pitched all nine innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walks with eight strikeouts as he improved to 2-1 on the year.
Union opened the game with four runs in the first. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs with back-to-back singles and a hit batter. A bases-loaded walk to Brake knocked in the first run, and Donnie Popham (Louisville, Ky.). Troy Sitton (Cobden, Ill.) added a run-scoring single, and Schleek pushed a run across when he grounded out to second for a 4-0 Bulldog lead.
It remained a 4-0 contest until the seventh when the Bulldogs broke loose for five runs. Brake had a two-run double with Hedrick belting a two-run home run during the rally.
Both teams scored a run in the eighth to make the final 10-1.
Geno Sanchez led Montreat at the plate in going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Jonathan Madera suffered the loss, lasting six innings and giving up eight runs on 12 hits, one walk and two hit batters with four strikeouts.
The Bulldogs needed a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to get the 5-4 decision in the series finale.
After Montreat scored a run in the top of the seventh to stretch its advantage to 4-2, Union put together a one-out rally to capture the win. A walk and a single up the middle put runners on first and second with one out for Hedrick, who reached on an error which allowed a run to score. Now with runners on the corner, Popham caught the Cavalier defense by surprise and bunted his way on, scoring the game-tying run. Following a walk to load the bases, Schleek belted a high fly ball to center field for a sac fly to knock in pinch-runner Tyler Martin (Corbin, Ky.) for the game-winning run.
Schleek was the least likely of heroes as he is only batting .188 on the season but now has more RBIs (10) than hits (6).
Errors plagued both teams as six of the nine runs scored in the game were unearned. Montreat committed five with Union recording three.
The Bulldogs had their chances as they left 10 runners on base. Montreat stranded just five.
Popham and Ryan Satterlee (Youngstown, Ohio) both went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Hedrick also went 2-for-4.
Jason Parsons (Hamilton, Ohio) notched his first win of the season, tossing the final two-thirds of an inning and recording outs against the two batters he faced. Robbie LeClaire (Pleasanton, Calif.) got the start but lasted 3 1/3 innings as he gave us three runs, one earned, on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Koby Hearn (Paris, Ky.) pitched three innings in relief, giving up one unearned run on three hits and no walks with one strikeout.
Offensively for Montreat, Sanchez once again led the way with a 3-for-4 performance as he also scored a run. Cam Duckworth was 1-for-3 but launched a two-run home run.
J.T. Fussell suffered the loss, going 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
Union returns to action Tuesday when it visits No. 8 Campbellsville (Ky.) at 2 p.m.