PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team scored early and often in a pair of games, on their way to a doubleheader sweep at Pikeville (Ky.) in NAIA action on Tuesday evening. The Lady Bulldogs captured game one, 8-3, then completed the sweep with a convincing 19-4 win (in five innings) in game two.
With the victories. UC evened their record up on the year to 10-10, while Pikeville fell to 6-11 with the losses.
In game one, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a quick start and never looked back in a five-run win.
In the top of the first, UC scored three times to go up 3-0, and led 3-1 after the first inning. In the second, the Lady Bulldogs blew the game wide open, scoring four times to go up 7-1 after just an inning and a half.
Things then calmed down over the next few innings, with Pikeville scoring a run in the sixth to cut the lead down to 7-2 entering the seventh. UC added their final run in the last frame, and led 8-2 entering the bottom of the seventh. There, Pikeville scored a run in a last gasp comeback bid against starter Katie Perkins, but that was all they could muster, as the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a five-run win.
In the circle, Perkins (7-3) earned the complete game win.
Game One - Turning Point
Leading 3-1 entering the second, Union put Pikeville away with a big four-run inning to go up 7-1, a deficit that was too much for the host Bears to come back from. UC was spurned in the inning by three straight RBI doubles. Alissa Hampton had the first - a two-RBI double - while Cameron Campbell and Jamie Cyrus had the other RBI two-baggers.
In game two, the Lady Bulldogs capped off the sweep with a dominating 15-run victory in five innings.
At first, the contest was close, as UC held a slim 4-3 lead after two innings. But in the top of the third, the Lady Bulldogs batted around on their way to exploding for seven runs, opening the lead out to 10-3.
After a Pikeville run in the bottom of the inning made it 10-4, UC scored seven more runs in the top of the fourth to go up 17-4. The final runs of the game were scored in the top of the fifth, as Hampton capped off her huge performance at the plate in both games with a two-run homer to increase the lead to 15 runs.
Pikeville went down in order in the bottom half of the frame to end things after five, as Gianna Schauer (3-6) earned the win in the pitching circle.
By the Numbers
• The two wins for UC today were their first on the year away from the friendly confines of Union Field. Entering the double-dip, the Lady Bulldogs were 0-6 on the road.
• Hampton put on an absolute show at the plate on the day. In all, the junior recorded nine RBI in the two games (she had seven total on the year entering the DH), notching four-RBI in game one (3-for-5), and five more RBI (3-for-3) in game two. She also hit her first homerun of the 2013 season in game two, which was the second of her three-year career (her first since 2011).
• In game two, Union hit four home runs, with Danielle Borum, Hampton, Campbell, and Cryus going long. Coming into the second game, UC hit just four total home runs on the entire season.
The Lady Bulldogs return home tomorrow, hosting St. Catharine (Ky.) in a doubleheader at Union Field. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.