ST. CATHARINE, Ky. - Union College smacked six home runs en route to a non-conference doubleheader sweep of host St. Catharine College Thursday afternoon 8-0 in six innings, and 11-3 in five innings.
With the sweep, the Lady Bulldogs improve its mark to 6-6 (0-0 AAC) while St. Catharine falls to 6-10 on the year.
Game one was dominated by Abby Sears (London, Ky.) as the sophomore notched the win in the pitching circle, tossing a six inning shutout while only giving up two hits and striking out four batters for the win. Sears improves her pitching mark on the season to 3-2.
Offensively, the Lady Bulldogs started off slow but got going in the last three innings, scoring two in the fourth inning, three in the fifth inning and another two runs in the sixth inning to put the contest out of distance.
Sears also left her mark on the game from the plate as she was one of three players to belt a homerun. Senior Lee Davis (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) added the other long shots for Union in the contest.
Sears finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI's, 2 runs scored and a homerun. Sophomore Ali Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. Loflin finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and Davis finished 2-for-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored to go along with her homerun.
Freshman Autumn Greenwell (Hopkinsville, Ky.) also had a solid game from the plate, finishing the tilt 2-for-2.
The Lady Bulldogs did not take their foot off the pedal in the second game offensively as Union scored eight runs in the first two innings. The early offensive outburst was all the help Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) would need as the senior went the distance in the circle to record the win.
Driver only gave up one earned run while striking out one and allowing five hits through her five innings of work. With the win, Driver gets back to .500 on the season at 3-3.
Offensively, the contest belonged to Gina Loflin as the junior cranked out two home runs, marking only the second time a player has hit two home runs in a game in program history.
For the game, Loflin went 2-for-3 with a record setting six RBI's and three runs scored to compliment her two round-trippers.
Abby Sears also left her mark on the game, belting a grand slam in the second game to go along with her homerun in the first game. For the second game Sears finished 1-for-2 with four RBI's and a run scored.
Sarah Driver also went 3-for-3 from the plate, helping her own cause in the circle while Ali Blauser finished the second game going 2-for-4. The sophomore belted a team high five hits on the day.
Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) also had a nice game from the dish as the senior went 1-for-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored.
On the day the Lady Bulldogs belted out 27 hits and six homeruns. The three homeruns in each game ties the program record for homeruns in a game.
Union returns to action Saturday when Reinhardt comes to town for the first conference tilts of the season. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.