ATHENS, Tenn. - The Union College baseball team dropped an 12-2 decision in seven innings at Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday, as the teams concluded their three-game Appalachain Athletic Conference series at Jack Bowling Field.
With the loss, Union fell to 34-18 on the year, and finish the AAC regular season with a 17-10 mark. TWC improved to 29-20-1 with the victory, 18-8 in the AAC.
In the top of the first, Union appeared poised to strike first, as they loaded the bases with two outs. However, a strikeout ended the threat, and TWC proceeded to go to work from there, opening a 3-0 lead after one, and a 7-0 lead after two innings. After Union finally got on the board in the top of the third, TWC scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to open an insurmountable 11-1 lead after three innings.
Union scored their final run in the top of the seventh, only to see TWC end the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, as the host Bulldogs coasted to a 10-run victory in seven.
Overall, Ryan Horvath (JR/Madison Heights, Mich.) led Union at the dish in the loss, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Meanwhile, Miguel Mendez (SR/Lansing, Mich.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Jared Tomany (SR/Bryant, Wis.) was also 2-for-3. On the mound, Erik Tarbell (JR/Chippawa Hills, Mich.) took the loss for Union (0-2), while Taylor Patterson (4-2) was the victor for TWC.
Union plays their 2014 regular season finale on the road at rival Cumberlands (Ky.) on Wednesday. The single, nine-inning contest begins at 4 p.m.