BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team captured game one of a doubleheader against Taylor (Ind.) on Friday afternoon, 3-1, at Union Field. The Lady Bulldogs dropped the second game of the set, 8-0 to the Trojans.
With the results, UC moved to 7-5 on the year, while Taylor went to 2-5 overall.
In game one, Union took an early lead and held it over the entire contest, thanks to another fine pitching performance in the circle by Katie Perkins.
After Taylor got on the board with a run in the first, UC scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up 2-1. The Lady Bulldogs added an insurance run in the bottom of the third, which was more than enough for Perkins to work with the rest of the game.
Overall, Jamie Cyrus was the only Union batter to have a multiple hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Perkins (4-1) earned her third straight win, going the distance. In all, Perkins gave up just three hits, an unearned run in the first, and struck out six in a dominating effort.
Taylor's Ashley Miller (0-2) was the hard luck loser in the circle in game one.
Game One - Turning Point
After Taylor took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, UC quickly tied the game up after Cameron Campbell knocked home Ashley Wojnowski on an RBI ground out. The big hit of the inning, however, was recorded by Cyrus, who smacked an RBI single up the middle with two outs, scoring Autumn Greenwell from third. The hit proved to be the game-winner in the contest.
In game two, the Lady Bulldogs were done in my mistakes in the field, and a solid pitching performance by Taylor's Hannah Klebesadell.
Union starter Gianna Schauer held her own over the first four innings, allowing just two runs. In the fifth, however, a costly UC error extended the inning. Taylor made the most of the mistake, scoring four runs with two outs to increase their lead to an insurmountable 6-0.
It was more than enough run support for Klebesadell to work with, as UC struggled all game against her, recording just five hits as the Trojans cruised to the eight-run win.
Overall, Danielle Borum was the only UC player to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. In the circle, Klebesadell (1-1) was the winner, while Schauer (2-4) took the loss, despite giving up just two earned run (five runs in all)..
Game Two - Turning Point
Taylor put the game out of UC's reach in the top of the fifth, scoring four times to go up 6-0. The Trojans were given a second chance in the inning after a UC error, and made the most of it, hitting an RBI single, and back-to-back home runs with two outs.
By the Numbers
• After allowing an RBI single in the first, Perkins allowed just two hits the rest of the contest, with one coming in the second, and the other coming in the sixth.
• Perkins has struck out 16 batters in her last two starts, almost half of her season total (34).
• Wojnowski continued her hot streak on the base pads, going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts in the DH. For the year, the sophomore is 13-of-16 in the stolen base department, and has stolen a base successfully in UC's last five games.
• Wojnowski also has recorded a hit 11-of-the-12 games Union has played in on the year, only going hitless against Lindsey Wilson on Feb. 26.
• Borum recorded another multiple-hit game in game two, going 2-for-3. In all, the freshman already has four multiple-hit games on her young UC career.
• The Lady Bulldogs were hampered by errors in the second game. In all, six of the eight runs scored in the game by Taylor in the contest were of the unearned variety.
The Lady Bulldogs play two more games tomorrow at Union Field, hosting Blackburn (Ill.) and Taylor (Ind.). The Blackburn game begins at 10 a.m., with the Taylor game to follow at 2 p.m.