BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
The Union College softball team swept past Columbia (S.C.) in an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday at Union Field. The Lady Bulldogs captured game one, 7-1, then won game two, 8-0, in five innings.
With the victories, Union improved to 25-14 overall, and finish the year in the AAC with a 10-8 record. Columbia fell to 14-21, 4-10 in the AAC with the losses.
In the first game, UC put away Columbia with a couple of big offensive innings, and rode a strong starting pitching performance from Sears to coast to the win.
Union jumped out to a 1-0 in the first, after Ashley Wojnowski
led off with a triple, and was knocked home on a Sears RBI single. The Lady Bulldogs then added three more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-0. In that frame, Sears had another RBI single, and UC capitalized on several Columbia mistakes, as Madison McKinney
scored on a an error, and Sears scored on a wild pitch.
After Columbia scored their first run of the day in the top of the fourth to cut the lead down to 4-1, UC countered right back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring twice to extend the lead out to 6-1. Loflin had the big hit of the inning, which was a 2-RBI single down the left field line. UC proceeded to add their last run in the sixth when Ellen Huff scored on another Columbia error.
The run support Sears received from the offense was more than enough, as she rolled through the Columbia lineup to earn the complete game win. In all, Sears gave up a run on just five hits, and struck out 10 in the victory.
At the plate, Sears helped her own cause out by going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Wojnowski was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
In the second game, UC completed the sweep, using a dominating second inning to put away the Fighting Koalas.
After a scoreless first, the Lady Bulldogs batted around in the bottom half of the second, scoring six times to take a 6-0 lead. In the frame, Wojnowski had an RBI single, Loflin had a two-RBI single, and Sears had a two-RBI double.
Union then added lone runs in the fourth, and the fifth to end the ballgame. In the fourth, Cochran forced a walk with the bases loaded to record an RBI, while in the fifth, Loflin had a game-ending RBI single with two outs that scored Brown.
In the circle, Sears came back out to start game two, and was just as impressive, giving up just two hits in the shutout win. With the pair of wins on the day, Sears pushed her record to 13-5 for the season.
Offensively in game two, Loflin was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Sears was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brown and Jamie Cyrus
rounded out the top performances in the second game, both going 2-for-3 with a run scored, apiece.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Friday when they travel to Cumberlands (Ky.) for their regular season finale. The doubleheader is set to start at 5 p.m.