BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
The Union College softball team took a doubleheader from NCAA Division-III member Maryville on Saturday at Union Field. The Lady Bulldogs captured game one, 8-0 in five innings, then held on for a 5-2 win in game two.
With the victories, Union is now 10-8 on the year and has won seven straight games. Maryville fell to 1-7 with the losses
In the first game of the afternoon, Union used rallies in the first and fifth innings at the plate and let Falon Catalano
handle the rest in the pitching circle to coast to the shutout win in five innings.
UC got off to a quick start in game one, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Whitley Cochran
scored from third base on a wild pitch by Maryville starter Sarah Reeder. Alissa Hampton
, who was at the dish when the wild pitch was thrown, then smacked a bases clearing, three RBI double into left center that gave Union the early 4-0 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs failed to score the next three innings, but in the fifth struck for four more runs to end the contest. Hillary Leftrick
started the inning off after reaching base on a throwing error by Maryville's third baseman on a bunt attempt. After Cochran walked, Catalano helped out her own cause at the plate smashing a home run over the left field fence to make it 7-0 in favor of Union. The homer was the first of the season for Catalano. Union then ended the contest a few batters later when Hampton hit an RBI double to left center, scoring Ashley Tatman
Overall in game one, Hampton led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four RBI. Catalano went 1-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Tatman and Cochran also scored two runs. In the circle, Catalano (3-1) was dominant to earn the shutout victory. In five innings of work, she gave up just two hits, struck out nine batters and did not give up a walk.
In game two, Union used timely hitting and strong pitching performances by three separate Lady Bulldogs to capture the win.
After both teams failed to score runs in the first two innings, Maryville got on the board in the top half of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. Union, however, responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs. Catalano once again provided a clutch hit for Union, recording a two RBI double to left with two outs, scoring Cochran and Katie Perkins
to give Union the 2-1 advantage.
Union added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead out to 4-1, as Abby Sears
homered to left field to help her cause in the pitching circle, scoring Cochran. The homer proved to be the go-ahead for Union, as Maryville added a run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead down to 4-2. Union added the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Perkins RBI single, as Catalano came on in the bottom of the seventh and recorded a save after retiring the Scots in order.
At the plate, Tatman went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Perkins went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. In the circle, Sears (2-2) picked up the win after going four innings, giving up three hits and a run on three strikeouts. Perkins was the set-up reliever, throwing the fifth and sixth, as Catalano earned the save after striking out two in the seventh.
Union returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to St. Catherine for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.