BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Visiting Point (Ga.) got the better of No. 18 Union, winning the rubber match of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, three-game series 5-1 on Sunday.
The Skyhawks improve to 19-20 overall and 7-11 in league play, while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 25-13 overall and 11-7 in the AAC.
Point only outhit Union 8-7, and both teams received three bases on balls. But the difference in the game was the Skyhawks' ability to move runners around the bases. Point stranded only six runners, while Union left 11 men on.
The first five innings went by without incident as Point didn't break the scoreless tie until the sixth with a four-run rally. With the bases loaded and no outs, Michael Aventurato lofted a sac fly to drive in the game's first run. Travis Tartleton added a two-run double to make it 3-0. Johnnie Eaton wrapped up the rally with a RBI single.
In the bottom of the sixth, Nelson Price (JR/Burkesville, Ky.) belted his seventh home run of the season to cut the margin to 4-1.
Point tacked on another run in the eighth for a 5-1 edge. Union had opportunities to come back in the final two frames, but the Bulldogs left two men on in each the eighth and ninth innings.
Ryan Horvath (JR/Madison Heights, Mich.) was the lone Bulldog with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Nelson now has a career high for home runs in a season (7) and RBIs (40).
Tartleton led the Skyhawk attack with three RBIs.
Rhett Jones tossed seven solid innings to pick up the win, improving to 3-3 on the season. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Casey Whittle (FR/Danville, Ky.) suffered the loss, giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk. He is now 4-2 on the year.
Union will play host to Georgetown (Ky.) on Tuesday at 3 p.m.