HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Union College softball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers in an out-of-conference doubleheader at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) on Tuesday evening, losing game one, 1-0 and game two, 3-2.
With the losses, UC fell to 11-23 overall, while LMU improved to 28-19 with the victories.
The first game was a pitchers duel between UC's Katie Perkins and LMU's Samantha Smith, who both shut down their opposing lineups all afternoon, so much so that the game was scoreless after five and a half innings.
But, in the bottom of the sixth, LMU finally cracked the scoreboard, as the Lady Railsplitters scored their lone run of the contest on a throwing error by the Lady Bulldogs.
UC had a chance to tie things up in the seventh, but stranded the bases loaded, giving LMU the thrilling one-run win.
In the circle, despite taking the loss, Perkins (7-8) was fantastic all afternoon, scattering two hits over seven innings of work, with LMU's lone run on the day being of the unearned variety. LMU's Smith (18-10) took the win, striking out eight in a three hit shutout.
It was another pitching duel in game two, as runs were once again hard to come by for both teams.
LMU jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first, but UC quickly answered in the top of the second with a run after an Amanda Cupp RBI double scored Rachel Cogdill. LMU regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a run to go up 2-1, but UC battled back once again in the top half of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 on an Alissa Hampton RBI double, scoring Ashley Wojnowski.
But, in the bottom half of the inning, LMU scored the eventual game-winning run on an RBI double. UC went down in order in both the sixth and seventh innings, as LMU completed the doubleheader sweep with another one-run win.
Overall, Hampton went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead UC at the plate. In the circle, Gianna Schauer (3-11) was strong in the loss, giving up just three runs in six innings of work.
The Lady Bulldogs continue their road trip on Friday, traveling to AAC-foe Tennessee Wesleyan for a conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.