BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - No. 16 Union used a pair of seven-run innings to propel itself to a 17-9 win Tuesday in sweeping the Appalachian Athletic Conference series from visiting UVa-Wise.
The win is the 12th in a row by the Bulldogs, upping their record to 18-6 overall and 8-1 in conference play. UVa-Wise falls to 6-11 overall and 1-7 in the AAC.
Union returns to action Wednesday when it host Cincinnati Clermont (Ohio) at 3 p.m.
UVa-Wise grabbed the early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Brett Hylton lined a two-run single and Brian King followed with a run-scoring single for an early 3-0 advantage.
The Cavalier lead was short-lived as the Bulldogs scratched out two runs in the bottom of the first before exploding for seven runs in both the second and third innings.
In the second, Union sent 10 batters to the plate as seven runs came home. Demetrius Davis (Marietta, Ga.) lined a two-run single during the rally, which saw the Bulldogs scoring seven runs on three hits in taking a 9-3 lead. The UVa-Wise pitching staff walked two and hit two in the inning.
Steve Scheelk (Kansas City, Mo.) started the third with a double and capped the rally with a RBI double, helping the Bulldogs stretch the lead to 14-3. Union scored seven runs on seven hits with Ryan Satterlee (Youngstown, Ohio) roping a two-run single to right.
Union tacked on three more runs in the fourth to make it a 17-3 advantage and went on cruise control.
It appeared the game was going to end in the seventh with the Bulldogs up 14. However, the Cavaliers pounced for five runs, three of which came on Danny Bates three-run home run to right to make it 17-8 and extend the game.
UVa-Wise scratched out another run in the eighth to make it 17-9 but could not get any closer as Union wrapped up the win.
Four Bulldogs drove in two runs as Davis led offensively in going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in. Scheelk, Troy Sitton (Cobden, Ill.) and Jonathan Riddle (Eighty Eight, Ky.) all had two hits and a RBI with Scheelk and Sitton scoring twice as well.
Lucas Henson (Corbin, Ky.) picked up the win to improve 4-0. He came in relief in the second and tossed three shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
For UVa-Wise, Brad Robbins led the way at the plate in going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Ryan Crosby suffered the loss, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on four hits, one walk and two hit batters in one-plus innings of work.