BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - No. 18 Union and visiting Point (Ga.) battled in a pair of one-run contests with each coming away with a win in the Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader. Union took the opener 1-0, while Point needed 12 innings to win 4-3 on Saturday.
With the split, the Bulldogs are now 25-12 overall and 11-6 in the AAC. The Skyhawks are 18-20 overall and 6-11 in league play.
Point outhit Union 21-8 on the day, and the Skyhawks stranded a total of 28 runners in both games.
Game One - Union 1, Point 0
The Bulldogs got a solid pitching performance out of Nelson Price (JR/Burkesville, Ky.), who made only his second start of the season, in recording the 1-0 decision.
The junior right-hander tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed only three hits and three walks while striking out a career-high seven batters.
Union scored the game's lone run in the fifth when Ryan Horvath (JR/Madison Heights, Mich.) reached on a two-base error. Two batters later, Justin Elder (JR/Seven Mile, Ohio) lined a two-out single up the middle to drive Horvath in to make it 1-0.
Jared Tomany (SR/Bryant, Wis.) then pitched the final two innings for Union in recording his second save of the season. He gave up one hit and no walks with one strikeout as Union escaped with the 1-0 decision.
The win improved Price's record to 2-1.
Harrison Pollard was equally impressive for Point as he went the distance, allowing one unearned run on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He is now 1-7 on the season.
Game Two - Point 4, Union 3 (12 innings)
Both teams had numerous chances to break the game wide open, but Point was able to finally break through in the 12th inning for the 4-3 win.
Vance Sullivan (JR/Verona, Ky.) and Elder gave Union a 2-0 lead in the fourth with each delivering run-scoring hits. Point's Matt Hayes tied the game in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run, but Price belted his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the frame to make it 3-2 Union.
In the sixth, Trey Chambers came through with a two-out, RBI single to even the score at 3-3.
It remained 3-3 until the 12th when a passed ball with two outs allowed the game-winning run to score for Point.
The Skyhawks outhit the Bulldogs 17-6, and the teams combined to leave 31 men on base. Point stranded 17, while Union left 14 on. Despite only collecting six hits, the Bulldogs were walked 13 times.
Sullivan led Union at the plate in going 2-for-5 with a RBI.
Union and Point will conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.