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Baseball - Fri, Mar. 24, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College baseball team grabbed an Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) split against Truett McConnell (Ga.) on Friday, falling short in game one 10-4 before taking the 12-8 win in the second game of the doubleheader action.

With the split, the Bulldogs are now 17-11 overall and 6-5 in AAC play. Holding onto to a one-game lead over Truett McConnell in conference play, as the Bears are 21-11 overall on the season and 5-6 in AAC.

Game One

The Bears took an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning, and one in the second. Union finally scored one in the third inning from a single from Chris Lane (JR/Battle Ground, Wash.). To Union's one run the Bears would tally on four more runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Union would add a run a piece in each of the remaining innings, with one of those runs being a home run from Tyler Graham (FR/Hopkinsville, Ky.), the first of his career. However, it wouldn't be enough as Truett McConnell would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to give them the 10-4 victory.

Overall, Lane ended the game 2-for-2 from the plate with one RBI, and one run scored, while Bruce Valentin (SR/Bronx, N.Y.) and Graham also had a strong outing at the dish going 1-for-2, with one RBI apiece. Joe Gaines (SO/London, Ky.) and Curry Brown (JR/Harrodsburg, Ky.) would also tally on two RBI's for the Bulldogs.

Game Two

Truett McConnell scored first in the top of the second, and an again at the top of the third as Tate Gaines hits a three run homerun giving the Bears a 4-0 lead.

Union answered back in the bottom of the third inning with five runs scored. Pudge Morgan (FR/Glasgow, Ky.), Michael Castillo (SR/New York, N.Y.), and Lane all reached on a walk. With bases loaded, Valentin hit a sac fly to score Morgan. Ronnie Healy (SR/Jupiter, Fla.) belted a three-run homerun to tie the score 4-all. Francisco Ogando (JR/Bronx, N.Y.) followed with a double and scored on a double from J.C. Pena (SR/Perth Amboy, N.J.), giving the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead.

The Bulldogs would continue with their hot hitting in the bottom of the fourth scoring an additional five runs. The inning would start the same as the third, walking Morgan and Castillo, but Lane would reach base on a bunt. With bases loaded again, Morgan scored on a passed ball scoring the first run of the inning. An intentional walk to Valentin loaded the bases for Healy, who lined a two-run single. Union added two more runs before the end of the inning for a 10-4 lead.

The Bears tried to catch up to the Bulldogs. They gave Union a run for their money scoring four runs in the fifth. The Bulldogs answered with two insurance runs from Healy and Pena. It was not enough for the Bears as Union would take the 12-8 victory.

Overall, Healy stayed hot from the first game and ended 3-for-4 from the plate, with four RBIs, while Pena plated a 2-for-3 performance with one RBI. Gaines helped out in going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

On the mound, John Hisel (SO/Lexington, Ky.) picked up the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing eight runs and 10 hits with three strikeouts. Reliever Talon Kunkel (SR/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) finished the game by not allowing a hit or run and striking out two.

Up Next

Union and Truett McConnell conclude the AAC series with a nine-inning contest on Saturday at 1 p.m.