BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a thrilling 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Minnesota, Crookston on Sunday at Union Field. UMC came back in game two, recording a 5-4 win after holding off a late Lady Bulldog rally.
With the results, UC moved to 8-10 on the year, while UMC went to 1-3 with the split.
In game one, Union took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, and appeared to be on their way to cruising to a win heading into the sixth inning as they still held the two-run lead.
UMC, however, scored a pair of runs in the top half of the inning to knot the game up at two. In the bottom half of the inning, Union started off with back-to-back singles, then Brianna Degennaro recorded what turned out to be the game-winning hit, an RBI single up the middle to give UC a one-run lead.
UMC threatened in the top half of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with two outs. But, UC starter Katie Perkins wiggled her way out of the jam, ending the contest on a groundout.
Overall in game one, Ashley Wojnowski (2-for-3) and Alissa Hampton (2-for-3) had multiple hit games, with Degennaro, Danielle Borum, and Cameron Campbell recording RBI hits. Perkins (6-3) was the winner in the pitching circle, tossing a complete game with six strikeouts. UMC's Paige Schaust (0-1) took the loss for the Golden Eagles.
Game One - Turning Point
After giving up two runs in the top of the sixth that tied the game up at 2-2, UC came back quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Autumn Greenwell led off with a single, followed by another single by Jamie Cyrus to put runners on first and second. Degennaro, who was pinch-hitting, came in and roped an RBI single up the middle to give the Lady Bulldogs the one-run lead.
In game two, Union held a 2-1 lead entering the top of the fifth, scoring a go-ahead run in the bottom half of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, and with the bases loaded, UMC's Ashley Manusos smacked a bases clearing, three-RBI double down the left field line to give the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead entering the sixth.
UMC's added another run in the top of the sixth to go up 5-2, but UC did not go out quietly, scoring two runs in the sixth to cut the UMC lead down to a run entering the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, and after two quick outs, UC got runners on the corners after a walk and an error. But, UMC forced a hard groundout to end it, earning the doubleheader split in the process.
Overall in the second game, Degennaro was the only Union player in the lineup to have a multiple hit game, going 2-for-2, as the Lady Bulldogs mustered just five hits in the contest. In the circle, Gianna Schauer (3-6) took the loss for UC, while Crookston's Stacey Marcum (1-1) was the winner, while Ciara Rivera (1) earned the save.
Game Two - Turning Point
Down 2-1 in the top of the fifth, the Golden Eagles loaded the bases against Schauer with two outs. Manusos, batting ninth in the UMC lineup, came up big, hitting a three-RBI double down the left field line to give the visitors a 4-2 lead, on their way to the win.
By the Numbers
• The Lady Bulldogs are now 8-4 on the year at Union Field, compared to an 0-6 mark on the road.
• Perkins, who had lost her last two starts, came back in a big way today, collecting her sixth win of the season in the pitching circle.
• In game two, Borum hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning over the left center field fence to tie the game up at 1-1. The homer was the first for Borum on her young UC career and was the fourth homer of the year for the Lady Bulldogs..
• Wojnowski stole one base in each game on the day, snapping a four-game streak in which she did not steal a bag.
• Degennaro had a big doubleheader, going 3-for-3 with two RBI. Her 2-for-2 performance in game two was her third multiple hit game of the 2013 season.
The Lady Bulldogs hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to Pikeville (Ky.) for an out-of-conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4 p.m.