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Softball - Fri, Mar. 18, 2011
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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- The Union College softball team dropped two games on the afternoon at the Campbellsville University Invitational on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker in their first game, losing to Davenport 3-2 in eight innings, then fell 9-0 to No. 17 Madonna in five innings in the day's second game.

With the results, Union is now 11-11 on the year.

In the Davenport game, both offense's had a hard time during the first seven innings getting much production against the game's starting pitchers, Falon Catalano for Union and Sam Cole for Davenport.

Union was the first to strike in the contest, scoring in the top of the third inning, when Autumn Greenwell hit an RBI single up the middle with one out, scoring Hillary Leftrick to give UC a 1-0 lead. Davenport, however, responded in the bottom half of the third when Debra Burton scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Ashlee Olson to knot the game up at one.

That was all the scoring for either team in regulation, as the game remained tied 1-1 going into extras.

With the international tie-breaker rule in effect, Union struck first in the top of the eighth, when Catalano singled down the left field line, scoring Whitley Cochran to give Union a 2-1 lead heading into the last half of the eight. But, just like in the third, Davenport responded again to a Union run. With one out, Morgan Greenfield smacked a two-run, walk off home run over the left field fence to give Davenport the victory.

Overall, Catalano was the leader on the day for Union both at the plate and in the circle. At the dish, Catalano went 2-for-3 with a RBI. In the circle, despite suffering the loss (5-2), Catalano was still impressive, going seven and a third giving up three runs (two earned), three hits and a walk, while striking out five. For Davenport, Cole (5-6) was the winner, going eight full, giving up two runs (both unearned), four hits, and two walks, while striking out three.

In the Madonna game, Union fell behind early on and could never regroup, as the Crusaders coasted to the nine-run win in five.

The Crusaders got all the runs they needed in the second inning, exploding for six off UC starter Katie Perkins. Madonna then scored a single run in the third, and two runs in the fifth to end the game. Overall, the Lady Bulldogs mustered just two hits off Madonna starter Jess Irwin, who got the win. Perkins (3-5) was the loser for Union.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action tomorrow when they travel to Lindsey Wilson for the LWC Invite. UC will take on the host Blue Raiders at 3:30 p.m., then take on Martin Methodist at 7:30 p.m.