BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union made the most of its opportunities as the Bulldogs rallied for a 13-8 victory over visiting Davenport (Mich.) on Friday.
The Bulldogs had only six hits in the game but took advantage of 10 walks and seven Panther errors.
With the win, Union improves to 2-1 on the year, while Davenport falls to 0-1.
Union trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh when it posted eight runs with only two hits. The Bulldogs sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame with six being walked and two errors being committed by the Panthers. The big blow came when Tyler Young reached on a misplayed grounder by first baseman E.J. Grochowalski, allowing two runs to score to make it an 8-4 contest. Jared Tomany followed by reaching on an error to knock in another run to complete the outburst, upping the margin to 9-4.
However, the five-run lead did not last long as Davenport lined five hits and took advantage of two Union miscues in the top of the eighth to push four runs across, cutting the margin to 9-8.
In the bottom of the eighth, Union added four insurance runs. Miguel Mendez had the big of the inning with a two-run double as the Bulldogs took a 13-8 advantage.
Davenport threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs. However, Tomany got Grochowalski to fly out to right field to end the game.
Justin King picked up the win, improving to 1-0 on the year. He allowed five runs, two earned, in pitching four innings in relief. King fanned four batters and walked one.
For Davenport, Ryan Butzer took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on no hits and two walks in tossing only a third of an inning. He is 0-1 on the year.
By the Numbers
- In three games, Union is hitting .184 as team but owns a .415 on-base percentage thanks to 28 walks and two hit by pitches.
- The Bulldogs have scored 28 runs but only have 14 hits to their credit.
- Union has yet to score a run in the first three innings of any game this season.
- The Bulldogs are averaging three stolen bases per game, having stole 9-of-11 bases.
- Davenport outhit Union 14-6. The six hits are the most by Union this year.
Union and Davenport return to the diamond on Saturday for another nine-inning tilt at 1 p.m.