BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
The Union College softball team swept past Berea (Ky.) in an NAIA doubleheader on Sunday at Union Field. The Lady Bulldogs won game one, 7-0, then captured game two, 5-1.
With the victories, Union improved to 16-5 overall, while Berea fell to 4-9 with the losses. .
The games were also the team's "Think Pink" games, as both programs targeted breast cancer awareness by wearing pink jerseys. Also, UC professor Dr. Constance Crowley threw out the ceremonial first pitch before game one.
In game one, Union pulled away in the late innings, as starter Abby Sears
shut down the Berea lineup on the way to a seven-run, Lady Bulldog win.
In the first three and a half innings, however, both teams failed to muster much of anything offensively, as the game remained scoreless. In the bottom of the fourth, UC finally broke the scoreless tie, exploding for four runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Union then added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to put things away, going up by seven. Puckett had an RBI single, while Cyrus added her second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Meanwhile, Sears had retired Berea's first 17 batters to the plate after five and two thirds. With two outs in the sixth, however, the perfect game and no-hitter went away, as back-to-back batters reached base on an error, and a single, respectively. Sears did collect herself, and forced the final out in the inning to preserve the shutout.
In the seventh, Rachel Cogdill
came on to close things out, as the Lady Bulldogs shutout Berea to win game one by seven.
Overall, Puckett led the way, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Cyrus was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Sears (7-3) was the victor in the pitching circle, tossing six scoreless innings, only giving up one hit, while striking out five. Victoria Sergent (2-5) took the loss for Berea.
In the second game, it once again took UC a few innings to get the bats going, but once they did, they coasted to a four-run victory to complete the sweep.
Similar to the first game, after three full innings, the game was scoreless. Then, in the top of the fourth, Berea scored their first run of the day to take a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half, UC tied it right back up at one, when Puckett hit an RBI single down the left field line, scoring Gina Loflin
, who led off the inning with a double. The Lady Bulldogs then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Hillary Leftrick
, who led off with a walk, stole home to score, giving UC a 2-1 lead after five.
The Lady Bulldogs then put Berea away in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to take a four-run lead. Alissa Hampton
, Kayleen Gary
, and Morgan Brown
all had RBI singles in the inning to lead the rally.
Meanwhile, in the pitching circle, starter Katie Perkins
kept Berea at bay all day. In the seventh, Sears came on to finish the game off, and did so, as the Lady Bulldogs clinched the sweep with the come-from-behind win.
Overall in the second game, Puckett led the way again, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Gary was the only other UC batter to have multiple hits in the contest, as she also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In the circle, Perkins (6-2) earned the win, going six full innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out four. Tessla Arvin (2-4) was the loser for Berea.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow, as they travel to AAC-foe Virginia Intermont for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.