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Baseball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2012

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - No. 12 Union suffered two more defeats Saturday, falling 3-1 to Iowa Wesleyan and 10-6 to Shawnee State (Ohio) at Jerry W. Carey Stadium.

The Bulldogs are in the midst of a three-game winless streak as they are now 2-3 on the year. Union was to play a doubleheader against Shawnee State on Sunday, but it has been canceled due to the forecast of heavy snow. Union is next scheduled to play at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 4 p.m. for a nine-inning contest.

Against Iowa Wesleyan, Union had its chances as it outhit the Tigers 8-6. However, the Bulldogs stranded six runners and hit into three double plays.

Up 1-0, Iowa Wesleyan built a 3-0 advantage with two runs in the fifth. Nathan Strusz lined a RBI double and later scored thanks to a fielding error.

Union finally cracked the scoring column in the sixth when Joe Engle (Sidney, Ohio) led off with a double and later scored off of a Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) single up the middle. But the Bulldogs could muster only one run as it fell 3-1.

Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) pitched well despite being saddled with the loss. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Joseph Neilson went the distance for the Tigers in getting the win, giving up one earned run on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Shawnee State put together a couple big innings to propel itself to the 10-6 win in the final game of the day. 

Down 3-1 in the third, Union took advantage of an error to score a pair of runs to tie the score. Brake lined a RBI single and later scored thanks to a wild pitch.

However, the Bears exploded for four runs in the fourth to build a 7-3 cushion. Union scored in the bottom of the frame to pull within three, but Shawnee State pieced together a three-run rally in the fifth to take a 10-4 lead.

Engle and Blake King (Hindman, Ky.) each knocked in a run in the sixth, making the final 10-6.

Brake led Union at the plate in going 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored. On the day, he finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs. 

Lee Malone (Jacksonville, Fla.) suffered the loss, giving up four earned runs in three innings. Carter Bledsoe collected the win for the Bears.

 
 
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