WALESKA, Ga. - The Union baseball team resulted in a couple big innings as it swept an Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader from host Reinhardt (Ga.) Friday, winning 9-3 and 7-3.
The wins extend the Bulldogs' win streak to six games, the most in a row this season. Union is now 29-18 overall and 14-6 in conference play. Reinhardt falls to 18-27 overall and 9-11 in the AAC.
The series will conclude Saturday with a single, nine-inning contest at 1 p.m.
A seven-run fifth inning was more than enough to propel Union to the 9-3 decision in the opening game.
Up 2-1, the Bulldogs sent 10 batters to the plate with seven coming across. Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) and Clay Ragland (Chillicothe, Ohio) each had two-run doubles in the help bolster Union's lead.
Reinhardt rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-3. However, it was too little, too late as Union registered the six-run decision.
Ragland finished the 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Joe Engle (Sidney, Ohio) belted his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning.
Taylor Eikenberry (Rock Falls, Ill.) picked up the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings of work. He is 5-2 on the season now.
The Bulldogs used a five-run fourth to take the lead, completing the sweep with a 7-3 victory.
Down 3-1, Union sent nine batters up. Arthur Dockery (Detroit, Mich.), Cory Perreault (Phoenix, Ariz.), Tim DeVito (Glendale, Ariz.) and Brandon Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) each drove in a run, while another run scored thanks to a passed ball. Union had only two hits in the inning but was helped out by four walks and one hit batter.
Engle went 3-for-4 in the win, while Dockery scored twice. Brake finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while DeVito had two hits, a run scored and a RBI.
Chris Fern (Zephyrhills, Fla.) went the distance to record his fifth complete complete. He allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Fern upped his record to 5-1.