WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - It took nearly five hours to finish, but No. 16 Union finally collected the victory with a wild 23-21, 10-inning decision over host Cumberlands (Ky.) Thursday.
The teams combined for 44 runs, 45 hits, 5 errors, 24 runners left on base and 16 pitchers. Amazingly, Union never trailed at any point during the contest.
Union (14-6 overall) had a season-high 22 base hits, seven of which were doubles. Also, Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) and Troy Sitton (Cobden, Ill.) tied the program record for most at bats in a game with seven.
Sitton also had a team-high four hits, while Steve Scheelk (Kansas City, Mo.) and Brian Mouton (Oakland, Calif.) drove in four runs. Mouton also went 3-for-3 with three walks and four runs scored. Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Union appeared to have the game under control twice. First, Union opened things up by taking a 7-0 lead, using a six-run second inning. However, Cumberlands posted four runs in the bottom of the second and tied the game with three in the third.
The Bulldogs led 12-9 going into the seventh inning before erupting for eight runs for a 20-9 cushion. But the Patriots countered with three in the seventh, four in the eighth and four more in the ninth. In the ninth, Jake Martin and Devin Hicks each belted a two-run home run to tie the game at 20-20.
In the 10th, Sitton lined a two-run double to give the Bulldogs a 22-20 advantage. Scheelk followed a run-scoring double of his own to up the margin to 23-20.
Cumberlands scratched a run in the bottom of the 10th, but Union held on for the 23-21 win.
The Patriots clubbed five home runs and had nine extra-base hits while the Bulldogs had eight, seven doubles and a triple.
There were a total of 23 bases on balls issued.
The loss drops Union to 10-8 on the season.
Union returns home Friday to host UVa-Wise for a Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. Union and Cumberlands will meet up again Sunday at 2 p.m.