BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Lady Bulldogs split a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference tilts this afternoon against the Lady Scots of Covenant College at Union Field, with the Lady Scots taking the opening contest, 8-4 while the Driver led Lady Bulldogs shut down Covenant in game two, 2-0.
Union now sits at 15-13 (7-5 AAC) while Covenant moves to 4-24 (4-8 AAC) on the season.
The Lady Scots opened the scoring early in game one when Elizabeth Harris smashed a three-run first inning homer over the left field fence.
Union cut into the early deficit in the bottom half of the frame, when Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) poked a single to right-center field, scoring Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) from second base to make the score, 3-1.
An RBI single off the bat of Kim Cuticchia in the top of the second inning highlighted another three run frame for the Lady Scots, pushing its advantage to 6-1.
Sarah Driver and Bethany Outland teamed up again in the bottom of the third inning as Outland smacked an RBI single to left field, scoring Driver from second and cutting the lead to 6-2.
The Lady Bulldogs inched closer in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating two runs on two hits. Abby Sears (London, Ky.) recorded the only RBI I the inning after she knocked a fly ball deep to center field, scoring Outland from third and cutting the lead to 6-4.
Covenant put some distance between itself and the Lady Bulldogs in the top of the seventh inning thanks in part to a two-run homerun off the bat of Courtney Wagoner, making the score 8-4.
The Lady Bulldogs made some noise about getting back into the contest in the seventh inning, loading the bases with the heart of the order due up, but a flashy snag by Covenant's Kimberlee Peebles haulted the Union threat, as well as the game.
Abby Sears (6-6) was credited with the loss after tossing all seven innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits while fanning three.
Bethany Outland led the offensive charge for Union, going 3-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored. Sarah Driver also notched a solid game at the dish roping two doubles while going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Game two saw both pitchers carry no-hitters into the third inning. Covenant's Kimberlee Peebles slap the game's first hit to left field with two outs, but the Lady Scots could not mount sufficient offense to score the run in the inning.
Union's Sarah Driver answered back with a two out ringing double of her own in the bottom the frame, but the Lady Bulldogs could not dent the scoreboard as an Ali Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) rocket up the middle was handled by Covenant's Sonja Townsend to end the scoring chance.
Union broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fourth inning when Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) hustled home from first base on an Ashley Tatman (Lexington, Ky.) double to center field, making the score, 1-0.
The Lady Bulldogs stretched its lead to 2-0 when Sarah Driver scored on a fielding error by Lindsey Potter at third base after Bethany Outland ripped a single to centerfield.
The two runs would be all the support Sarah Driver (9-5) would need as the senior shut down the Lady Scots attack, allowing just one hit over seven innings of work while striking out nine Lady Scots to earn the win.
Driver has now gone 3-0 in her last three starts and has not allowed a run scored in 21 consecutive innings.
Driver also led the Lady Bulldog's offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Ashley Tatman recorded the only RBI in the game to go with her 1-for-3 effort from the dish.The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when they travel to Virginia Intermont College for an AAC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.