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Baseball - Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
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2 Players (#5,#86)Doubles 2 Players (#5,#12)
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College baseball team put up a fight against No. 19 Northwestern Ohio as it rallied to take the 5-4 win in 12 innings on Saturday.

With the results, Union is now 3-0 overall, while Northwestern Ohio falls to 9-5 on the season.

The first game in the weekend series was nothing but a dog fight from both teams, but in the end it was the Bulldogs that nabbed the 5-4 victory in the bottom of the 12th.

Union would get on the board first with an RBI from Zane Britton (SO/Greeneville, Tenn.), scoring Tyler Graham (FR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) to give them the quick 1-0 lead.

The Racers would get on the board during the fifth inning, with a triple from Kyle Fisher, then later scoring on an RBI from Jeff Cardenas to tie it up one apiece.

Then in the eighth, Racers scored a run to make it a new game at 2-1, until J.C. Pena (SR/Perth Amboy, N.J.) came up to bat and batted a solo home run to tie it up again going into the ninth.

At the top of the 12th inning Rafael Lozada would hit a two run home run over the stop of center field fence to give the Racers the lead.

Union put the pressure on Northwestern Ohio, as Pena singled and later scored on a Joe Gaines (SO/London, Ky.)' hit to close the gap to 4-3. Down one with two outs and bases loaded, Daniel Neal (SO/London, Ky.) sent a 2-0 pitch to right-center field for a double, scoring two runs in lifting Union to the 5-4 victory.

Overall, Pena paced Union going 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI and two runs scored, while Joe Gaines recorded 3-for-6, an RBI and a run scored.

On the mound, the Kunkel brothers would combine for nine innings on the mound. Dolan Kunkel (JR/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) hurled an impressive 4 1/3 innings, giving up a five hits and one run while striking out three. Talon Kunkel (SR/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs with three strikeouts.

The teams began playing a second game, but it was suspended after the fifth inning due to darkness. Northwestern Ohio owns a 7-0 lead, and the conclusion of the second game will play out Sunday before the teams play another doubleheader. Play will resume at 11 a.m.