BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team bashed 16 hits on their way to a convincing 12-4 victory over St. Andrews (N.C.) in the second game of an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Union Field. St. Andrews was victorious in the first game of the set, 4-1. The contests were the 2013 regular season finales for both squads.
With the results, UC ends the regular year with a 12-28 overall mark, 4-14 in the AAC, while SAU ends with a 15-28 record, 4-14 in the AAC.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to salvage a split in their final game of the regular season in game two, jumping out to an early lead and rolling the rest of the way in the six inning victory.
In the first, UC leaped out to a 2-0 lead on a Cameron Campbell two run homer, her third of the season. The Lady Bulldogs made it 5-0 in the third when Autumn Greenwell hit a three-run homer, her second round tripper of the season. However, in the top of the fourth, St. Andrews cut the lead down to 5-4 after scoring four unearned runs on UC starter Rachel Cogdill.
This was the closest the Knights would get to the lead the rest of the day, as the Lady Bulldogs exploded for five runs (all with two outs) in the bottom half of the inning to go up 10-4. Erin Cooper had a bases clearing, three RBI double in the frame, while Greenwell and Brianna Degennaro also had RBI doubles.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth to go up 11-4, UC ended the game in the sixth with another run, as Greenwell knocked home Alissa Hampton with an RBI double.
Overall in the contest, Greenwell led the way at the dish, going 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Cooper was also 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Ashley Wojnowski also had three hits in the win, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Danielle Borum rounded out the Lady Bulldogs with multiple-hits in the game, posting a 2-for-3 performance with two runs scored.
In the pitching circle, Cogdill (2-4) was the victor, allowing six hits in six innings of work. Mary Cross (2-7) was the loser for St. Andrews.
In the first game, the Lady Bulldogs made several costly mistakes in a three-run loss.
With the game scoreless entering the fifth, Union made three errors in the top half of the inning, as St. Andrews capitalized big time on the mistakes, scoring four runs to take a 4-0 lead.
UC cut the lead to three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Hampton RBI single, but failed to muster much of anything off the St. Andrews' Cross, who earned the win (2-6) after tossing four and a third innings in relief.
Overall, the Lady Bulldogs recorded just five hits in the first game, as pitcher Gianna Schauer (3-14) was the hard luck loser for UC. In all, Schauer struck out nine in the loss, and gave up just five hits (all four runs scored in the fifth by SAU were of the unearned variety).
The Lady Bulldogs kick off the 2013 AAC Tournament on Monday afternoon, and will enter the tournament as the eight seed. They are slated to play this same St. Andrews team, the nine seed, in a play-in game at 3 p.m. in Kingsport, Tenn.