KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Union's battery of Robby LeClair and Jonathan Riddle made a great combination for Tuesday as they helped the Bulldogs to an 8-2 win over seventh-seeded Bryan (Tenn.) in the 2010 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union (38-15 overall) move on to face Bluefield (Va.) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bryan ends the season with a 21-35 record.
LeClair (Pleasanton, Calif.) put together his best outing of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in registering his first complete game. Previously, his longest outing was 6 1/3 against Cumberlands (Ky.) in a 2-0 victory. The junior right-hander is now 2-3 on the season.
Meanwhile, Riddle (Eighty Eight, Ky.) provided all the offense LeClaire needed to get the win as he went 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBIs. The Bulldog backstop had as many as two RBIs in a game this season and had a three-RBI game in 2009 as a freshman.
LeClair got in a bit of jam in the first as Bryan scored a run and had runners on second and third with no outs. However, Shane Clawson grounded into an unconventional double play when he bounced a ball to short. Shortstop Ryan Satterlee (Youngstown, Ohio) fielded the ball and threw to first for the sure out. Meanwhile, Pablo Rodriguez ran to second to third, but teammate Jonathan Davis didn't advance home from third. First baseman Troy Sitton (Cobden, Ill.) fired the ball to Riddle who tossed it to Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.). The Bulldog third baseman then chased down Davis, tagging him before he touched home plate.
LeClaire then got out of the inning by getting Josh Harris to ground out to second.
In the second, Riddle delivered a two-run, two-out single to put the Bulldogs up 2-1. Brian Mouton (Oakland, Calif.) knocked in Satterlee with a sac fly in the third, pushing the margin to 3-1.
It remained a 3-1 contest until the sixth when Union tacked on four more runs. Riddle had another two-run single, while Hedrick and Tyler Martin (Corbin, Ky.) each drove in a run to give Union a 7-1 advantage.
Mouton drove in his second run of the game with a single to center in the ninth to make it an 8-1 contest.
Bryan collected an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth as LeClair worked out of one more jam to wrap up the complete-game, 8-2 victory.
Mouton finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Sitton was 1-for-2 with a RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored.
For Bryan, Harris went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Rodriguez ended the day 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Tyson Latham suffered the loss, going five-plus innings and allowing five earned runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout.