BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union finally generated some offense in posting 4-2 and 15-7 victories on Monday to complete the four-game series sweep of visiting Concordia (Mich.).
After tallying only nine hits in their previous three games, the Bulldogs banged out 22 base knocks in the doubleheader sweep.
Union improves to 7-3 overall with the wins, while Concordia falls to 0-9 on the year.
Game One - Union 4, Concordia 2
The Bulldogs tallied three runs in their final two at bats to rally for the 4-2 victory.
Jared Tomany gave Union a 1-0 lead in the second with a two-out triple to drive in Ryan Horvath. However, the Cardinals claimed a 2-1 lead when Jeremy Robinson belted a two-run home run to center.
In the fifth, Nelson Price lined a two-out, run-scoring single to even the score at 2-2. Union took the lead for good in the sixth when Horvath doubled in a run. Tomany followed with a single, driving in Horvath to make it 4-2 Bulldogs.
Tomany finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Horvath went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one driven in.
Justin King picked up the win, improving to 2-0 on the season. In two innings of work, he allowed no runs on one hit and no walks.
For Concordia, Ryan Bosanac took the loss as he lasted one-third of an inning, allowing the game-winning run on one hit and one walk. He is 0-1 on the season.
Game Two - Union 15, Concordia 7
A six-run fifth inning propelled Union to the lead en route to the eight-run decision.
In the top of the fifth, Concordia rallied for three runs to grabe a 7-6 edge. However, Union sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame with six making the trek around the basepaths. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs when LaVance Anderson lofted a sac fly to knock in a run, tying the game at 7-7. Miguel Mendez followed with a run-scoring single to make it 8-7, and the next two batters walked to push another run across. Horvath added a two-run single, and Tomany capped the scoring with a RBI single of his own to put the margin at 12-7.
The Bulldogs put the icing on the cake in the sixth when John Wilson belted a three-run home run to left field.
The game was called in the top of the seventh due to darkness.
Union collected 15 hits in the win with Horvath, Wilson and Price each picking up three RBIs. Price went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored, while Horvath finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Wilson was 1-of-2 at the plate with two runs scored and three bases on balls.
Price also picked up the win, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk with one strikeout, improving his record to 1-1.
Brad Kindred had a solid game at the plate for Concordia, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
By the Numbers
- The 15 runs are the most scored by Union in a game this season. In fact, Union has scored 10 or more runs in a game only twice this season.
- As a team, Union has hit four home runs with this season with Price accounting for two. The Bulldogs' opponents have hit three.
- Although it scored 19 runs on the day, Union had plenty of opportunities to add more tallies as it stranded 15 runners on the day - seven in the first game and eight in the finale. Concordia left a total of 11 runners on base.
- The Bulldogs stole eight bases on the day, giving them 35 in 10 games.
Union will play host to No. 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The game was originally supposed to be played in Columbia, Ky., but poor playing conditions forced the game to be moved to Union's Jerry W. Carey Stadium.