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Baseball - Sat, May 6, 2017
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Union (Ky.) (29-24)20014000512121
Tennessee Wesleyan (38-18)30310043014135
Kingsport, TN
Union (Ky.)PitchingTennessee Wesleyan
-Winner Flanagan, Brantley
Kunkel, TalonLoser-
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Union (Ky.)Indv. StatsTennessee Wesleyan
3 PlayersDoubles None
NoneTriples #16 Gonzalez, Adrian
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Union College baseball team had its 2017 campaign come to an end in the hands of No. 10 Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Baseball Tournament as Union fell 14-12 in the semifinal game.

With the defeat, Union ends the year with a 29-24 overall record, while Tennessee Wesleyan improves to 38-18 on the season.

Both teams started off with hot bats in the first inning as Union scored two runs off a RBI double from Daniel Neal (SO/London, Ky.) in the top of the inning followed by Tennessee Wesleyan with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Tennessee Wesleyan added to their lead scoring three in the third. Union added another run in the fourth closing in after Chris Lane (JR/Battle Ground, Wash.) it a RBI double. Wesleyan answered back with a run to take a four run lead 7-3.

Union fired things up in the fifth tying the game up 7-7 after Francisco Ogando (JR/Bronx, N.Y.) hit a RBI double, followed by RBI single from J.C. Pena (SR/Perth Amboy, N.J.) and Chris Lane.

However, in the bottom seventh and eighth innings Tennessee Wesleyan attacked back scoring four runs in the seventh and three runs eighth giving them the 14-7 lead.

Just like all season long, Union would not to go down without a fight as Union scored five runs to cut the lead from seven to two. Zane Britton (SO/Greeneville, Tenn.) started the rally with a RBI single. Union then had the bases loaded with two outs when Joe Gaines (SO/London, Ky.) walked to knock in another run. A wild pitch allowed a third run to score before Bruce Valentin (SR/Bronx, N.Y.) singled in two more runs to make it 14-12. Ron Healy got on via a walk to bring the potential go-ahead run up to the plate, but it was not to be as a strikeout ended the game.

Overall, Neal paced the way for Union going 3-for-5 from the plate while chipping in three RBIs. Lane went 2-for-4, two RBIs and one run scored. Elsewhere, Ogando and Britton tallied two hits and two RBIs on the day. Britton also had a good game defensively, robbing Alfred Cruz of a home run in the first inning.