BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union baseball team receive a great game out of its battery mates as the Bulldogs blanked St. Andrews 5-0 on Sunday to win the Appalachian Athletic Conference series two games to one
The victory improves Union to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in league play, while St. Andrews falls to 11-7 overall and 2-4 in the AAC
On the mound, Nelson Price (Burkesville, Ky.) and Justin King (Barbourville, Ky.) combined to toss a three-hit shutout. Price allowed two hits and four walks and struck out three in seven innings of work, upping his record to 2-3. King pitched the final two frames, giving up one hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Taking the loss for the Knights was Joe McCarty, who surrendered three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout. He drops to 4-2 on the year.
Price's and King's battery mate Zach Dillman (Cincinnati, Ohio) came up big at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Union seized control of the game with a pair of two-run rallies late in the game. Up 1-0 in the sixth, Dillman lofted a sac fly to right field to allow Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) to score. Miguel Mendez (Lansing, Mich.) added a run-scoring single to give Union a 3-0 advantage.
In the seventh, Dillman delivered a two-run single to push the Bulldogs' lead to 5-0.
J.D. Burrell (Amanda, Ohio) finished the game 3-for-5.
In addition to solid pitching, Union played well defensively, turning three double plays. Right fielder Ben Hartley (Lexington, Ky.) even recorded a rare unassisted double play by an outfielder to end the top of the fifth. Ricky Schattauer hit a hard line drive to Hartley in right, and Michael Luing believed it was a hit. However, Hartley made the catch and then strolled in to touch second to complete the double play.
By the Numbers
- This is the second shutout of the season recorded by the Bulldogs. Union defeated Davenport (Mich.) 6-0 earlier in the season on Feb. 8.
- Dillman had only five hits on the season before his three-hit outburst.
- In addition to getting the, Price extended his hit streak to five games.
- The three hits are the fewest the Union pitching staff has allowed this season. The previous best was four hits, which was accomplished twice against Davenport on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.
- The 11 hits mark only the fourth time Union has collected 10 or more hits in a game this season.
- This is the first time two Bulldogs had three or more hits in a game this season with Burrell and Dillman each collecting three.
Union will play a doubleheader at Asbury (Ky.) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before returning home for a twinbill at against Holy Cross (Ind.) on Wednesday. Game time is set for 3 p.m.