BRISTOL, Va. - The Union College baseball team made quick work of Virginia Intermont in the third and final game of an Appalachian Athletic Conference series Sunday, bashing out 20 hits in a convincing 13-4 victory.
With the win, the Bulldogs clinched the weekend series win over the Cobras, taking two of three games, and improved to 23-16 overall, 9-9 in the AAC. VI fell to 19-11, 9-6 in the AAC with the defeat.
In the win, UC got off to a fast start, racing out to a 8-0 lead after two and a half innings. The run support was more than enough for the Union pitching staff to work with from there on out, as the combination of starter Drew Hillard and reliever Trey Alexander combined to allow just six hits on the afternoon.
Overall, six players in the Union lineup had multiple-hit games, paced by designated hitter Zach Dillman and left fielder Nelson Price. Price went 3-for-5 on the day, with three runs scored and five RBI, three of which came on a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Meanwhile, Dillman went 4-for-5 with two RBI.
Also, second baseman Ben Hartley had a big day batting ninth in the lineup, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Miguel Mendez was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored, while Tyler Young went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Tyler Brake rounded out the players with multiple hit games, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
On the mound, Alexander (4-0) earned the win, tossing five innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits. Hillard was solid in his start, striking out five in four innings of work.
After plating two runs in the top of the first, the Bulldogs essentially put the game out of VI's reach with a four-run second inning to go up 6-0. LaVance Anderson had the first RBI hit of the inning, a single with no outs that scored Mendez. However, three of the runs in the frame came with two outs, as Brake, Dillman, and Young all had RBI singles with two away.
By the Numbers:
- The Bulldogs blasted 20 hits in today's victory, the most in a game for the team since smacking 23 hits in a wild 23-21 victory at Cumberlands (Ky.) on Mar. 18, 2010.
- Union brought the lumber in their two wins this weekend, combining to score 28 runs and smack 32 hits in their two victories over the Cobras.
- Price's five RBI day was a career-best for the sophomore. He also hit his third homerun of the season in the win, and now has hit eight round trippers in his career.
- Dillman's four-hit game matched a career best, as the sophomore also had four hits in an 18-11 win over UC-Clermont on Mar. 20
- Alexander has turned into a reliable long reliever for the Bulldogs, and with today's performance lowered his ERA on the season to 1.86.
Union plays it's first home game in over two weeks on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs host Georgetown (Ky.) at Jerry Carey Stadium in a single nine inning contest. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.