BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
The Union College softball team dropped a pair of games to Montreat in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon at Union Field. The Lady Cavaliers captured game one, 3-0, then took an 8-1 decision from the Lady Bulldogs in game two.
With the losses, Union dropped to 22-25 on the year, 5-9 in the AAC. Montreat improved to 24-17, 9-3 in the AAC with the victories.
In game one, Montreat played small ball to plate three runs and used strong pitching to stymie the Union offense in route the three run victory.
In the first three innings of the affair, both team couldn't muster much offense off of the game's starting pitchers, Randie Jo Powers
for Union and Rachel Stowe for Montreat. In the top of the fourth, the Lady Cavaliers broke the scoreless tie when Priscilla Silva scored on a wild pitch. Montreat then added two more runs in the top of the fifth on just one hit to take a three run lead.
Union lone threat to score in the contest happen in the bottom of the sixth when Powers hit a lead off double to left center, which was followed by a Johnna Yeager
infield single. The Lady Bulldogs, however, failed to capitalize on the opportunity, as they stranded two runners on base to end the inning.
Overall, the Lady Bulldogs mustered just four hits in game one off of Montreat pitchers Stowe and Nicole Denny, who earned a save after pitching three innings in relief. UC players who recorded hits in the loss were Powers, Yeager, Autumn Greenwell
and Morgan Brown
. In the pitching circle, Powers (4-3) was the hard luck loser, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits, while striking out three.
In game two, Montreat's Stowe was once again dominant in the circle, as the Lady Cavaliers pulled away from the Lady Bulldogs late in the contest to take the seven-run win and complete the DH sweep.
Montreat was quick to strike in the second game, scoring their first run in the top of the first off of Union starter Falon Catalano
. Both teams then failed to put up much offense over the next four and a half innings, as the game remained 1-0 in Montreat's favor going into the sixth. There, the Lady Cavaliers added two runs, capped off by a Stowe solo homer to left that gave Montreat the 3-0 lead.
In the bottom half, the Lady Bulldogs finally scored their first run of the afternoon. Powers led the inning off with a walk, which followed by a Whitley Cochran
single and a Hillary Leftrick
walk, that loaded the bases up with one out. With Catalano at the dish, she grounded a ball to the pitcher, in which Powers was thrown out at home plate on for the second out. In an attempt to double up Catalano (on a throw she beat out), Montreat's first baseman dropped the catcher's relay. This enabled Cochran to score, and cut the Montreat lead down to 3-1 entering the seventh.
In the seventh, however, the Lady Cavaliers put Union away for good, scoring five runs to take an insurmountable seven run lead. The Lady Bulldogs went down in order in the bottom half, as Montreat completed the DH sweep.
Overall in game two, Cochran and Tatman were the only Lady Bulldogs to record hits off of Stowe, who earned her second win of the afternoon. Catalano (8-5) was the loser for Union, going six and one-thirds giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits, while striking out five.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action tomorrow when they host Lincoln Memorial at Union Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.