WALESKA, Ga. --
The Union College softball team dropped a pair of games at Reinhardt on Saturday afternoon in the squad's Appalachian Athletic Conference opener. The Lady Bulldogs lost both game one and game two by 8-0 scores.
With the losses, Union dropped to 13-15 overall, 0-2 in the AAC, while Reinhardt improved to 26-8 and a perfect 4-0 in the AAC.
In game one, Reinhardt jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Nikky Roddy solo home run, then added two more runs in the bottom half of the third to take a 3-0 lead. After adding a single run in the fourth to make it 4-0, the Lady Eagles put Union away in the bottom half of the fifth, scoring four runs to end the contest after five innings.
In the first contest, the Lady Bulldogs mustered just two hits off of Reinhardt starter Maddie Monroe, with Hillary Leftrick
and Autumn Greenwell
recording both hits for Union. Monroe also struck out six batters and walked none in the complete game win. For Union, Katie Perkins
(4-6) was the loser in the circle, giving up eight runs (four of which were earned) on 11 hits in four and two thirds innings of work.
In game two, the Union offense continued to struggle as Reinhardt starter Becca Jones no-hit the Lady Bulldogs in another eight-run win in five. Jones allowed just three walks in the no-hitter (two to Leftrick and one to Alissa Hampton
) and struck out six to earn the victory.
Offensively, Reinhardt raced out to a 4-0 lead after three innings off of Union starter Abby Sears
, then put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the eight-run lead. Sears (2-5) was the loser for Union, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on ten hits, while striking out two.
Union was also hampered by defensive troubles in the pair of losses, as the Lady Bulldogs committed six errors combined on the day (three in each game).
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Monday when they travel to the University of the Cumberlands for a doubleheader. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.