BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team dropped a pair of games to Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday at Union Field. The visiting Bulldogs won game one, 5-1, then captured game two, 11-1, in five innings.
With the losses, Union fell to 14-14 overall, 0-6 in the AAC, while TWC improved to 9-14, 5-1 in the AAC with the doubleheader sweep.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Union failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities presented to them, as TWC pulled away late to take the four run win.
In the top of the first, TWC got off to a good start against Union starter Rachel Cogdill (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.), scoring two runs to go up 2-0. Union failed to get much of anything going offensively in the first three innings, and entered the fourth still down by two.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Union threatened, only to see TWC starting pitcher Brittany Killduff get out of jams unscathed. In the fourth, Union stranded runners on second and third, while in fifth they left the bases loaded, failing to crack the scoreboard in the process.
TWC essentially put Union away in the top of the sixth, scoring three more runs to go up 5-0. Union finally scored in the bottom of the inning, but once again stranded the bases loaded to end the frame. In the seventh, Union went down quietly, as TWC pulled out the four-run win.
Overall, Tiffanie Moore (FR/Maryville, Tenn.) was 2-for-4 to lead Union in the loss, while Erin Cooper (SO/Alcoa, Tenn.) recorded the only RBI of the game. Cogdill (5-7) was tabbed with the loss.
In the second game, TWC put Union away early to clinch the DH sweep.
After a quiet first two frames, the visiting Bulldogs plated six runs in the third, one in the fourth, and tacked on four more in the fifth to take a 10-run lead into the bottom of the fifth. There, Union went down in order, as TWC clinched the sweep with the five inning win.
Union struggled offensively in the second contest, recording just three hits overall in the defeat.
The Union College softball team returns to action on Thursday, hosting No. 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at home in a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 2 p.m. at Union Field.