BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union didn't make it easy on itself, but the Bulldogs completed the doubleheader sweep of visiting Ohio State-Lima on Sunday, winning 17-1 and 8-6.
The wins improve Union's record to 10-5 overall, while Ohio State-Lima is now 0-4.
After piling on a 17-run, 15-hit barrage in the first game, the Bulldogs had to hold on to win the finale 8-6 as the Barons scored three runs and had the game-tying run on base.
Jared Tomany led Union at the plate in going 4-for-6 with five runs scored, two RBIs and a double.
Game One - Union 17, OSU-Lima 1
The Barons drew first blood, but it was all Bulldogs after that as Union rolled to the 16-run decision.
Down 1-0 in the second, Union sent 11 batters to the plate and lined five hits in posting six runs. John Wilson had the big hit of the rally, a two-run single which made it 5-1. Miguel Mendez capped a three-run third with a two-run single to push the margin to 9-1.
Nelson Price led off the fourth with a solo home run, jump-starting a five-run outburst. Union wrapped up its scoring with three runs in the fifth to complete the 17-1 romp.
Offensively, Vance Sullivan finished 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI, while Wilson, Corey Corum, Zach Dillman and J.D. Burrell each had two RBIs. As a team, Union had six extra-base hits with three doubles, two triples and one home run.
Casey Whittle improved to 2-0 on the year, tossing three innings of one-hit, shutout ball.
Game Two - Union 8, OSU-Lima 6
Union built an 8-2 cushion, but things got a little too close for comfort as OSU-Lima cut the deficit to two before the Bulldogs looked up the win.
The Barons scratched out a run in the sixth to make it 8-3 and made life real interesting in the seventh by loading the bases with one out. A walk forced a run home, making it 8-4. Tyler Sisson was brought in to close the game and promptly struck out the first batter he faced. He got the next batter to hit what appeared to be a game-ending groundout, but a throwing error allowed two more runs score. Not shaken, Sisson went back to work and forced a groundout to wrap up the 8-6 decision.
The save was Sisson's first of the season.
Tomany finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Jackson Arnett collected three RBIs in going 1-for-3.
Garrick Whittle picked up victory, improved to 1-1. In five innings of work, he allowed two runs, one earned on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
By the Numbers
- Price's homer is his third of the season. The junior now has 13 for his career, having hit five in each of his first two seasons.
- Opponents are still hitting slightly better than Union with a .292 average as compared to Union's .289. However, the Bulldogs own a .438 on-base percentage, while the opposition reaches base at a .386 clip.
- The six extra-base hits in the first game are the most Union has had in a game this season.
- The Union pitching staff fanned seven batters in the second game, marking the most strikeouts the Bulldogs recorded in a game this season.
- The 17 runs are the most Union has tallied in a game this season, and the most since defeating Milligan (Tenn.) 17-16 on April 14, 2013.
- Union is 4-0 when scoring 10 or more runs in a game and 6-1 when scoring eight or more.
Union travels to No. 23 Georgetown (Ky.) for a nine-inning game on Wednesday. Game time is set for 2 p.m.