BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team made quick work of visiting Asbury (Ky.) on Thursday afternoon, besting the Eagles by scores of 17-9 and 10-1 in a pair of five inning victories at Union Field.
With the results, the Bulldogs improved to 9-5 overall on season.
In the first game, the Bulldogs came back from a huge early deficit to notch a nine-run victory.
Things did not look good for the home side after an inning and a half, as Asbury opened an 8-1 lead in the top of the second inning. After a scoreless second, Union climbed back in the game in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs to cut the Asbury lead down to 8-6 after three.
Both teams plated runs in the fourth and after a scoreless top of the fifth, Asbury still clung to a 9-7 lead entering the bottom of the frame. Here, Union exploded, scoring 10 runs to end the ballgame in five innings.
Overall, Union was led at the plate in game one by Ashley Wojnowski, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with a solo home run, her first of the year, and four runs scored. Elsewhere, substitute Hope Frisch made the most of her opportunity, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Brianna Degennaro came off the bench and also had a big game, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In the circle, reliever Megan Baldwin (4-2) came on and notched another win in relief, allowing just two runs (one earned) and four hits in three and one thirds of an inning of work.
In the second game, the Bulldogs opened up an early lead and never looked back, coasting their way to their second five inning victory of the day and a doubleheader sweep.
In the first two innings, Union quickly opened up a 6-0 lead, as Asbury couldn't get anything going offensively against Bulldog starter Katie Perkins. After both teams tacked on runs in the third to make it a 7-1 game, the Bulldogs scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up nine. In the fifth, Asbury did not threaten, as the Bulldogs clinched the nine-run victory.
Overall, Danielle Borum led the Bulldogs in game two, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Frisch started the second game and had another fine effort, going 2-for-3 with a home run (the first of her career) and two runs scored.
In the circle, Perkins (1-2) was the victor, allowing a run on four hits in three innings of work.
The Bulldogs open up AAC play on Saturday, traveling to Virginia Intermont for a conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is slated for 1 p.m.