Baseball - Thu, May 4, 2017
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Union (Ky.) (28-23)0000121105122
Kingsport, TN
Bluefield (Va.)PitchingUnion (Ky.)
-Winner Castillo, Wonder
Newman, CalebLoser-
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#13 Burnette, HunterDoubles #34 Ogando, Francisco
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Junior Francisco Ogando (JR/Bronx, N.Y.)'s two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner as the Union College baseball team knocked off Bluefield (Va.) 5-4, at the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday at Hunter Wright Stadium.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 28-23 on the year and move on to face the loser of Reinhardt (Ga.) and Tennessee Wesleyan later on this evening. That game will be held at 12 p.m. Friday.

With the loss, Bluefield ended its season with a 28-27 mark.

During the first four innings, things were sour for both teams as neither could get a run across. In the bottom half of the fifth, Union took the lead with the first run of the contest when Chris Lane (JR/Battle Ground, Wash.) scored on a fielder's choice, making it 1-0.

Bluefield took the two-run lead in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs for a 3-1 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs added two runs to tie the score at 3-3 after a single and double from Daniel Neal (SO/London, Ky.) and Joe Gaines (SO/London, Ky.) to put them in scoring position. Tyler Graham (FR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) stepped up to hit a sacrifice fly to score Neal followed by a double from Zane Britton (SO/Greeneville, Tenn.) to score Gaines.

In the seventh, both teams scored a run to get the game tied at 4-4, as Neal hits his second single of the day before moving around the bases until scoring on a Ram wild pitch.

The eighth was where J.C. Pena (SR/Perth Amboy, N.J.), led things off with a single and later scored to win the game on Ogando's double deep down left field line, keeping the Bulldogs in the tournament.

Overall, Pena, Ogando, Neal, Gaines, and Castillo all had multiple hits from the plate. Gaines went 2-for-3 and one run scored, while Ogando was 2-for-5, with an RBI, followed by Pena, Neal, and Castillo all going 2-for-4.

On the mound, reliever Wonder Castillo (JR/Perth Amboy, N.J.) picked up the win after tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out four.