BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union baseball team split an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader against visiting Virginia Intermont, losing the opener 13-2 before posting a 10-3 victory on Friday.
With the split, Union is 18-7 overall and 6-2 in league play while Virginia Intermont is 9-12 overall and 5-3 in the AAC.
Game One - Virginia Intermont 13, Union 2
The Cobras scored in every inning but one and clubbed 17 hits en route to the 13-2 decision.
Both teams pushed a run across in the first, and Virginia Intermont scratched out a pair of runs in the second for a 3-1. Brandon Palmer lined a run-scoring double in the second before scoring on a Taylor McInnis single.
After a scoreless third, Virginia Intermont rallied for four runs in the fourth for a 7-1 advantage. Ryan Horvath (JR, Madison Heights, Mich.) scored in the bottom of the frame to cut the maring to five, but that was all the scoring Union could muster as the Cobras tacked on six more runs to win 13-2.
Palmer finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI for Virginia Intermont, while Adrian Rivera went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. McInnis, though, drove in five RBIs in going 3-for-4 with a home run.
Tyler Young (SO, Manchester, Ky.) led Union at the plate in going 2-for-3, while Nelson Price (JR, Burkesville, Ky.) and Jared Tomany (SR, Bryant, Wis.) picked up the RBIs for the Bulldogs. Price also lined a triple.
Game Two - Union 10, Virginia Intermont 3
A five-run second gave Union all the momentum it needed to roll to a 10-3 win in the nightcap.
Already up 2-1 after run, the Bulldogs took advantage of two Cobra errors to push five runs across in the second. John Wilson (JR, Manchester, Ky.) had the big hit of the inning, delivering a two-run single to knock in LaVance Anderson (SR, Bowling Green, Ky.) and Miguel Mendez (SR, Lansing, Mich.).
Virginia Intermont scored twice in the third to make it 7-3, but Union tacked on a run in each the third, fourth and fifth innings to complete the 10-3 decision.
All three of the Cobras runs were scored without the benefit of a hit. Virginia Intermont took advantage of three walks, four hit batters and one error to score its runs. The Cobras finished with only two hits on the day.
Justin King (JR, Barbourville, Ky.) tossed the final five innings to pick up the win, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. He is now 3-0 on the year.
Offensively, Young led the way in going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Wilson went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Price was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
The teams will complete the three-game set on Saturday with a single, nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.