BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Day started out with a bang for Union College as the Lady Bulldogs took the first contest 9-0 (5 innings), however King College battled back to claim the second game, 5-4 (8 innings).
With the split the Lady Bulldogs move to 13-11 (6-4 AAC), while King now sits at 15-11 on the year.
Union stormed out of the gates quick in game one, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the first on an Abby Sears (London, Ky.) line-drive single to right center field, scoring Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) and Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.).
The Lady Bulldogs threatened to stretch the advantage in the bottom of the second after putting runners on second and third with just one out, but a pop-up in foul territory by Ali Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) and a line-drive to left field off the bat of Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) ended the Union scoring chance.
King College loaded the bases in the top of the third inning with two outs, but senior hurler Sarah Driver buckled down, forcing Christy Kooch to fly out to center field to end the frame.
Union ripped the contest open in the bottom of the third inning when Abby Sears belted a three-run homer onto North Allison road, making the score 5-0.
The Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning after ripping five straight hits. Abby Sears continued her spectacular game offensively, smacking a two-RBI single to right field.
Sarah Driver put the clamps on King College in the top of the fifth as the Hopkinsville, Ky. native retired the side in order to end the game, 9-0.
Driver (7-5) earned the win for the Lady Bulldogs, scattering three hits while fanning four in her five innings of work. The shutout of the Lady Tornado was Drivers first shutout of the season.
The loss went to King's Danielle Zimmerman, dropping her record to 8-6.
Abby Sears stole the show offensively, going 3-for-3 with a homerun, two singles, seven RBI's and a stolen base. The seven runs batted in is a new single game record.
Bethany Outland turned in a solid performance, scoring three runs while smacking singles in all of her plate appearances (3-3).
Gina Loflin also crossed the plate three times for Union, to go along with her two hits and one RBI.
Ali Blauser, Sarah Driver, Ashley Tatman (Lexington, Ky.) and Lee Davis (Lexington, Ky.) all recorded a hit to aid the Lady Bulldog attack.
The Lady Bulldogs again jumped out to an early lead in game two, thanks in-part to a two-run single to right center field from Abby Sears and a fielder's choice off the bat of Ashley Tatman that scored Bethan Outland for the 3-0 Union lead.
King College scratched across a run in the top of the third inning when Christy Kooch ripped a double to right. The Lady Tornado threatened to score more in the frame, putting runners on second and third with just one out, but Abby Sears wiggled off the hook by retiring the next two batters to hold the score at 3-1.
Union reclaimed its three run lead at 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Sarah Driver fielder's choice that plated Lee Davis.
King's battled back in the top of the seventh inning, plating a run on a Stephanie Mueller single that tipped off the glove of Lee Davis at second base, pulling the Lady Tornado within two at 4-2. The Lady Tornado then loaded the bases for Brittney Watson who smacked a single to left field, scoring two and knotting up the contest, 4-4.
King took the lead in the top of the eighth inning when Emily Bennett slapped a single to right field, scoring Mackenzie Drain.
Union sputtered to answer in the bottom half of the frame as King's pitcher Samantha Watts retired the side in order to seal the win.
Watts (7-5) earned the win for King as she went the distance, allowing four runs while striking out seven Lady Bulldogs.
Jessie Dunning (Bowling Green, Ky.) moved to 0-1 on the year as she was tagged with the loss.
Abby Sears hurled the first seven innings of the contest, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out seven batters. Sears led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 in the tilt with two RBI's. For the day Sears recorded an amazing nine RBI's.
Sarah Driver had a nice game at the plate, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Lee Davis and Ali Blauser had solid games offensively, both recording two hits and a run scored.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they will head to Campbellsville College for a pair of non-conference tilts. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.