BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Luke Collis (SR/St. Charles, Mo.) registered another complete-game shutout as Union defeated host Tennessee Wesleyan 2-0 in the second game of the Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday. Tennessee Wesleyan took the opener 6-3.
With the split, Union is 34-17 overall and 17-9 in league play. Tennessee Wesleyan sits 28-20 overall and 17-8 in the AAC.
Collis needed only 90 pitches to collect his seventh complete of the year. This shutout is his third in 2014, tying him for the single-season program record with Brandon Hedrick (2010) and Marty Popham (2008). At 9-1 on the season, Collis is tied for ninth in program history for most wins in a season.
Union gave Collis just enough run support, and he took care of the rest. Fanning a season-best eight batters, Collis allowed only four hits and one walk.
In the fourth, Union scored the game's first run when it loaded the bases with two out. Jared Tomany (SR/Bryant, Wis.) reached safely thanks to an error, allowing pinch-runner J.D. Burrell (JR/Amanda, Ohio) to score. Union added an insurance run in the sixth. With runners on the corners and one out, Miguel Mendez (SR/Lansing, Mich.) scampered home when Ryan Horvath (JR/Madison Heights, Mich.) grounded out to short, making it 2-0.
That would be all Collis needed as he faced the minimum during the final two innings to lock up the win.
Union was held to five hits.
Game One - Tennessee Wesleyan 6, Union 3
Union led for much of the game, but a four-run sixth sent Tennessee Wesleyan to victory lane with the 6-3 outcome.
Mendez belted a two-run home run in the first inning, lifting Union to the 2-0 lead. Union tacked on a run in the fouth for a 3-0 advantage.
However, Tennessee Wesleyan scored twice in the fifth to make it 3-2 before rallying for four runs in the sixth. Tennessee Wesleyan lined five hits and took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch to produce four runs and grabe the 6-3 lead.
Union and Tennessee Wesleyan will complete the series with a single, nine-inning game on Sunday at 2 p.m.