BARBOURVILLE, Ky, - The Union College softball team won their final game of the 2014 season on Friday, defeating Columbia (S.C.), 4-1, in the second game of an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader at Union Field. The Bulldogs dropped game one of the double-dip to the Fighting Koalas, 9-5.
With the results, Union ends the 2014 season with a 23-23 overall mark, 6-14 in the AAC. Columbia went to 26-16 with the results, 11-9 in the AAC.
The set of games was the Bulldogs softball program's Child Cancer Awareness Day, in which donations were taken for the cause throughout each contest. In between games one and two, Union volleyball head coach Jeremy Wise threw out a ceremonial first pitch, as well.
After losing game one, the Bulldogs ended the 2014 season on a winning note, as Union rode timely hitting, and a solid pitching performance by starter Rachel Cogdill (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) to notch the three-run victory.
After both teams failed to score in the first three innings, Columbia got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the fourth, taking a 1-0 lead. That lead, however, did not last long, as Union plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead after four. Brianna Degennaro (JR/Shalimar, Fla.), Erin Cooper (SO/Alcoa, Tenn.), and Jamie Cyrus (JR/Loganville, Ga.) all had RBI in the frame for the Bulldogs.
Union scored their final run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth after McKenna Brown (FR/Frankfort, Ky.) beat out a throw at home plate. The run support given to Cogdill, however, was more than enough, as the senior rolled through the Columbia line-up all game in her final appearance at Union to earn the complete game win.
Overall, Cooper led the Bulldogs at the dish in game two, going 3-for-3 with an RBI single. Cogdill (8-12) was impressive in the win, allowing just a run on four hits, while striking out four, and not allowing a walk all game.
In the first game, Columbia pulled away in the final three innings to defeat the Bulldogs by four runs.
It appeared the Fighting Koalas were well on their way to an easy win after the top of the fourth, as they held a 4-0 lead over the Bulldogs entering the bottom of the inning. However, Cooper made a game of it with one swing of the bat, hitting a three-run homer in the frame to knock the deficit down to 4-3.
After both teams plated runs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4, Columbia put Union away with three runs in the top of the sixth to go up 8-4. Union failed to come back from the deficit, as the Fighting Koalas captured the first game of the afternoon.
Overall, Cooper once again led the way for the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-for-2 with four RBI, along with tagging her first home run of the season. Meanwhile, Degennaro was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Tiffanie Moore (FR/Maryville, Tenn.) was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Cyrus also hit a home run for the Bulldogs, as well.
In the circle, Katie Perkins (SR/Owensboro, Ky.) (7-5) was credited with the loss, while Columbia's Erin Walker (15-8) earned the complete game victory.