BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College pulled out a nail biter in the opening game, 3-2, and dropped the second game of the day 15-3 (5 innings) in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Union Field against Lincoln Memorial University.
With the results Union moves to 4-6 (0-0 AAC) while Lincoln Memorial now sits at 18-6 on the season.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped all over Lincoln Memorial in the opening frame in the first game as it loaded the bases with two outs. From there the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of aggressive base running and a throwing error on a groundball off the bat of junior Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) to scratched across two runs.
The next three innings were dominated by the defenses and the hurlers, as the two teams recorded just three hits combined.
The Lady Railsplitters answered back in the top of the fifth inning with two runs of their own when Devin Sponseller slapped a 2-run single.
The contest stayed knotted at 2-2 into the last of the seventh when the Gina Loflin reached second base on another Lincoln Memorial error and was then knocked in when sophomore Christi Day (Hustonville, Ky.) ripped a single to right, scoring the winning run and seizing the opportunity to notch a win.
The Lady Bulldogs rode the stellar pitching performance of Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) as the senior registered the win (2-3), four strikeouts and one earned run in seven innings of work.
Christi Day was 1-for-2 from the dish with an RBI while Loflin registered the other RBI for Union.
Union picked up right where it left off from game one as the Lady Bulldogs jumped on top of the Lady Railsplitters in the opening inning, 1-0, when senior Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) smacked an RBI single, scoring sophomore Abby Sears (London, Ky.).
Union held on to its lead until the third inning when the Lady Railsplitters bats seemed to come alive. Lincoln Memorial platted seven runs in the third, three runs in the fourth inning and then five runs in the fifth inning on 11 hits and five Lady Bulldog errors.
Before Union could recollect itself to mount a comeback the contest was over due to the eight-run mercy rule, 15-3 in the fifth inning.
The Lady Bulldogs were led offensively in the game by Bethany Outland, as the senior was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI's and a run scored. In her first action of the season, senior Lee Davis (Lexington, Ky.) was 1-for -2 with an RBI.
Union returns to action Thursday when they travel to play a doubleheader at St. Catherine College. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.