BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Using a combination of timely hitting, solid pitching, and stingy defense, the Union College baseball team downed No. 7 Georgetown (Ky.) on Tuesday afternoon at Jerry Carey Stadium, 3-1, in NAIA action.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 26-13 overall, while Georgetown fell to 27-5 on the year with the loss. Union also halted GC's 13-game winning streak in the win, as well.
Things started off well for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the second inning, as Union cracked the scoreboard with a run to take the 1-0 lead. Corey Corum (FR/Manchester, Ky.) notched an RBI in the inning on a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Horvath (JR/Madison Heights, Mich.) from third, who led the frame off with a single.
In the third, the Bulldogs tacked on another run to take a 2-0 lead, after J.D. Burrell (JR/Amanda, Ohio) scored on a Miguel Mendez (SR/Lansing, Mich.) groundout. That lead held entering the sixth, where Georgetown would make their first run at the Bulldog lead all day.
After starting pitcher Trey Alexander (SO/Glasgow, Ky.) was replaced by Alex Fuller (SO/Franklin, Ky.), the Tiger attacked, loading the bases with one out. However, Fuller wiggled right out of the jam in an instant, as he forced a double play to end the inning, extinguishing the Georgetown threat in the process.
The Bulldogs proceeded to add an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, as Nelson Price (JR/Burkesville, Ky.) scored on a Justin Elder (JR/Seven Mile, Ohio) RBI ground out to make it 3-0. That lead held for Union for the next two innings, as the Bulldogs took the three run edge into the ninth.
With reliever Luke Collis (SR/St. Charles, Mo.) in the game, Georgetown made one last run at Union, quickly putting runners on the corners with no outs. However, Collis forced another Tiger double play, putting two outs on the board.
The Tigers did score on the play, and after a Union error, Georgetown had the game-tying run at-bat. But, Collis forced a fielders choice ground out, ending the game, and giving the Bulldogs the two-run victory.
Overall, Horvath led the Bulldogs at the dish in the win, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Elsewhere, Price was 2-for-4 with a run scored, as well, while Burrell went 2-for-3, also scoring a run.
On the mound, the Bulldogs got solid performances out of Alexander, Fuller, and Collis.
Alexander earned the win (2-1), allowing just three hits in five innings of shutout work. After Fuller tossed an inning and two-thirds of shutout relief, Collis came in to start the eighth inning and earned the save, allowing just one run on two hits in two innings of work.
For Georgetown, starting pitcher Clay Hall (2-1) was credited with the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in just over five innings of work.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, traveling to St. Catharine (Ky.) for an out-of-conference game. First pitch for the nine inning contest it set for 3 p.m.