BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union split a doubleheader with visiting Holy Cross (Ind.) on Saturday, winning the first game 15-2 before falling 5-2 in the nightcap.
The split puts the Bulldogs at 8-5 overall, while the Saints open the season at 1-1.
Union outhit Holy Cross 23-21 and 15 walks to the Saints' four. Yet, the Bulldogs could muster only two runs in the finale after posting 15 in the opener.
Nelson Price had a solid day at the play, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs. John Wilson finished 4-for-7 with two RBIs.
Game One - Union 15, Holy Cross 6
An eight-run second put the Bulldogs up 9-1 as they cruised to the nine-run decision.
Tied at 1-1, Union sent 13 men to the plate and rapped out six hits and took advantage of three walks in rally for eight runs. Price and Ryan Horvath delivered the big blows with back-to-back two-run doubles.
The Bulldogs scored in every at bat except for in the fifth.
Holy Cross took advantage of two errors in the seventh to score five unearned runs. But it was too little, too late as Union collected the 15-6 win.
Wilson was 3-for-3 with one driven in, while Price drove in four RBIs. Horvath and J.D. Burrell also had a pair of RBIs in the win.
Luke Collis collected the win, improving to 2-0 on the season. He allowed one unearned run on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings of work.
Game Two - Holy Cross 5, Union 2
The Saints struck early and held on at the end to escape with the 5-2 win.
Jacob Lanning got Holy Cross on the board in the first with a two-run home run, and the Saints added a run in the second and two more in the third for a 5-0 lead.
Union finally cracked the scoring column in the fifth when Burrell scored on Wilson's infield single.
In the seventh, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out when Miguel Mendez grounded out to push another run across. However, the threat ended there as the final batter flew out to right.
Ray Smith suffered the loss to fall to 1-1. Justin King pitched well in relief to keep Union in the game. Lasting 4 1/3 innings, King allowed no runs on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts.
Lanning finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Saints. Jordan Gard notched the win, giving up one earned run on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
By the Numbers
- The four-RBI game by Price is a first by a Bulldog this season.
- Wilson's three hits in the first game equals the team high for the year.
- In 13 games, Union has walked 94 times. Five players have at least 10 walks to their credit with Mendez' 15 leading the way.
- King dropped his ERA to a team-best 1.77 on the season.
- All six runs allowed in the first game were unearned.
- The 12 walks in the first game is a season high for Union.
Union will play host to Ohio State-Lima on Sunday for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.