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Baseball - Wed, Mar. 22, 2017
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-Winner Groce, Logan
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College baseball team captured a thrilling win against non-conference rival University of the Cumberlands as Francesco Ogando was the MVP with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth for the 9-8 victory.

Despite getting outhit 13-9, the Bulldogs (16-10 overall) were able to plate four runs in the second and fourth inning combined to take an early 4-0 lead. However, the Patriots took scored their eight runs during the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings

In the second inning, it was Union who jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Zane Britton (SO/Greeneville, Tenn.) scored on a wild pitch. Union up its lead to 4-0 in the fourth with a three-run rally, scoring

Cumberlands (21-8 overall) responded in the following innings, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 4-2 before jumping ahead 7-4 in the top of the seventh inning.

The game remained tight, and thanks to an RBI single from Michael Castillo (SR/New York, N.Y.) he would score pinch runner Evan Figert (FR/Franklin, Ky.) to make the score even tighter to a 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh.

The Patriots scored another run in the top of the eighth to add to their lead, but two errors from the Cumberlands first baseman allowed the Bulldogs to push a run across to make it 8-6.

In the final inning, after the Patriots went down without scoring a run, the Bulldogs kept their composure to tie things up 8-8. With the bases loaded, Ronnie Healy (SR/Jupiter, Fla.) came through with a two-run single to take the game. Francisco Ogando (JR/Bronx, N.Y.) followed with a RBI single of his own to complete the comeback.

Valentin and Castillo both had strong outings at the plate, leading the Bulldogs as Valentin went 2-for-4, and Castillo went 2-for-3 with a RBI and one run scored. Healy drove in a game-high three RBIs. Logan Groce (SO/Huntland, Tenn.) collected his first win on the season on the mound.

Up Next

Union returns to action Friday in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play for a three-game series with Truett McConnell (Ga.). First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Jerry W. Carey Stadium.