BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Zach Dillman (Cincinnati, Ohio) went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate while Gabby Juarbe (San Juan, P.R.) and Jared Tomany (Bryant, Wis.) each drove in four to lead Union to an 18-11 win over visiting Cincinnati-Clermont on Wednesday.
The win is the Bulldogs' fourth in a row, equaling their longest win streak of the season to improve to 18-10 overall. Clermont is 5-2.
Dillman became the first Bulldog to collect four hits in a game this season as he also drove in two and tripled. Juarbe went 2-of-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored and three walks. Tomany finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and four driven in. Miguel Mendez (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in three RBIs, and Nelson Price (Burkesville, Ky.) drove in two and hit his third home run of the season.
Jacob Janutolo (Loveland, Ohio) notched his first win of the season, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks in two innings of work.
Joey Wahl took the loss for the Cougars as he gave up eight runs, five earned, on six hits and four walks.
Trailing 11-8 in the bottom of the fifth, Union exploded for six runs to grab the lead for good. With runners on second and third and no one out, Juarbe grounded out to second to knock in Ben Hartley (Lexington, Ky.) to cut the margin to two. After a strikeout for the second out, the Bulldogs benefited from three consecutive walks to push the next run across, making it an 11-10 contest. Tomany followed with a two-run double, lifting the Bulldogs to a 12-11 lead. Mendez then added a two-run single of his own to up the Union lead to 14-11.
Union tacked on four runs in the seventh to complete the scoring. Juarbe had a two-run single during the rally.
Down the stretch, Union received solid pitching out of its last three pitchers, who combined to allow only one run on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Justin King (Barbourville, Ky.) tossed two hitless frames and gave up only a walk and fanned four, while Tomany pitched the ninth, surrendering a hit before sealing the deal.
By the Numbers
- The 18 runs and 15 hits are the most for the Bulldogs this season.
- Juarbe has hit safely in eight of the last nine games he has played, going 15-of-29 (.517) with two doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored and 10 RBIs.
- Union is receiving great production from its catchers. Juarbe is batting .353 on the year with three home runs and 20 RBIs, while Dillman is hitting .368 with two doubles, a triple and 12 RBIs.
- The teams combined for 10 errors with each committing five.
Union returns to Appalachian Athletic Conference play this weekend when it plays host to Tennessee Wesleyan. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. with a nine-inning game set for Sunday at 1 p.m.