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Baseball - Wed, May 3, 2017
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Union (Ky.) (27-23)000002010393
Reinhardt (Ga.) (37-19)000111010482
Kingsport, TN
Union (Ky.)PitchingReinhardt (Ga.)
-Winner Childers, Dylan
Groce, LoganLoser-
-Save Gonzalez, Amael
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2 Players (#2,#13)Doubles #15 Trawick, Matt
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NoneHome Runs #32 Nunez, Abel

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Fourth-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.) scored game-winning run in the eighth inning, pulling away from the fifth-seeded Union College baseball team 4-3 at the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament at Hunter Wright Stadium.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 27-23 overall, while Reinhardt improved to 37-19 with the victory.

After three scoreless innings to open the affair, Reinhardt cracked the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch putting the Eagles up 1-0.

The Eagles tacked on their second run in the bottom of the fourth as Abel Nunez hits his eight home run of the season to increase Reinhardt's lead 2-0.  

Union finally got two runs on the board to tie things up with Reinhardt, after Daniel Neal (SO/London, Ky.) singled and J.C. Pena (SR/Perth Amboy, N.J.) reached on an error. With runners in scoring position, Zane Britton (SO/Greeneville, Tenn.) lined a two-run RBI double. 

But in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles took back their lead scoring one, bringing the score to 3-2.  

Union tied it up again in the eighth as pinch-hitter Tyler Graham (FR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) hit an RBI single to drive Pena once more.

Reinhardt, however, had the last say in scoring the game-winning run off a double and RBI single to advance to the next round of the tournament.

Overall, Britton lead the offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, followed by Neal going 2-for-4 and one run scored. On the mound, relief pitcher Logan Groce (SO/Huntland, Tenn.) took the loss, but not before starting pitcher Talon Kunkel (SR/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) struck out four in seven innings of work.

Up Next

The Bulldogs now move into the losers' bracket of Pool A of the AAC Tournament, and will next play on Thursday afternoon at 12 p.m. against the loser of this evening's game between Tennessee Wesleyan and Bluefield (Va.).