BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team lost a pair of games to St. Catharine (Ky.) on Wednesday at windy Union Field, as the visiting Patriots came from behind in both games to sweep a doubleheader. The Patriots captured game one, 7-3, then completed the sweep with a 11-9 victory in game two.
With the losses, UC fell to 10-12 on the year, while St. Catharine improved to 10-8 with the victories.
In game one, UC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second off an Amanda Cupp 2-RBI single with two outs that scored pinch-runners Stefanie Edgell and Hope Frisch. St. Catharine, however, battled back, taking the lead at 3-2 after scoring runs two runs in the fourth and a lone run in the fifth.
UC knotted the game back up at 3-all in the bottom half of the fifth, but St. Catharine once again answered in the top of the sixth with a lone run to take a 4-3 lead entering the seventh. In the top of the final frame, SCC put the game away with a three-run inning, as the four-run deficit was too much for the Lady Bulldogs to come back from.
Overall, Erin Cooper (2-for-3), Rachel Cogdill (2-for-3) and Cupp (2-for-3, 2 RBI) had multiple hits games for the Lady Bulldogs. In the pitching circle, Katie Perkins (7-4) took the loss, despite striking out nine batters over seven innings. SCC's Ashley Hardin (4-2) took the win for the Patriots.
Game One - Turning Point
Holding a slim 4-3 lead entering the seventh inning, St. Catharine put the game out of UC's reach with a big three-run inning to go up by four runs. Two of the Patriots' runs scored in the frame also came with two outs.
In game two, Union came out on fire, opening up a 7-2 lead after three innings. After St. Catharine added two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the UC lead down to 7-4, the Lady Bulldogs increased back to five (9-4) in the bottom half of the inning on a Jamie Cyrus two-run home run with two outs.
Unfortunately for Union, that was the last time they would score the rest of the game, as St. Catharine gradually began to chip away at the Lady Bulldog lead, scoring three runs in the fifth, and another in the sixth to trail by just a run (9-8) entering the seventh.
In the final frame, SCC completed the comeback, scoring three runs on four hits to take a two-run lead entering the bottom half of the seventh. There, UC attempted to rally, getting their first two batters on base to start the inning. However, the rally was extinguished before Union could score a run, as the visiting Patriots completed the sweep in stunning fashion.
Overall, Cyrus and Danielle Borum had big games at the plate in the second contest. Cyrus went 2-for-3, with four RBI on a double and a home run, while Bourm was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a triple, and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Cogdill went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Cameron Campbell was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In the pitching circle, Perkins - who came in the game in the top of the seventh in relief - was the loser (7-5), while Hardin earned the win (5-2) after tossing five and one-thirds innings in relief.
Game Two - Turning Point
Union held a slim 9-8 lead entering the top of the seventh inning, where St. Catharine got things started fast with a leadoff double. Here, Perkins entered the game, but the Patriots never let up. SCC scored three runs on three straight hits with one out, as the Patriots completed the comeback.
By the Numbers
• Cupp's two-RBI single in game one was the freshman's first RBI hit of her career, and just her third hit of the season.
• Cyrus' home run in the second game was her second in as many days, and the third of her career.
• Cogdill's 3-for-4 effort in game two was the best game of her UC career at the plate. She also had consecutive multi-hit games in the double-dip, doubling her total in multiple-hit games on the season to four.
• Borum's triple in game two was her second of the season, as the freshman has recorded two of Union three triples as a team on the 2013 season.
The Lady Bulldogs look to bounce back tomorrow when they host Pikeville (Ky.) in another out-of-conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is slated for 1 p.m.