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Bulldogs cruise past VI 13-4 to take AAC series

BRISTOL, Va. - The Union College baseball team made quick work of Virginia Intermont in the third and final game of an Appalachian Athletic Conference series Sunday, bashing out 20 hits in a convincing 13-4 victory.

With the win, the Bulldogs clinched the weekend series win over the Cobras, taking two of three games on the weekend, and improved to 23-16 overall, 9-9 in the AAC. VI fell to 19-11, 9-6 in the AAC with the defeat.

In the win, UC got off to a fast start, racing out to a 8-0 lead after two and a half innings. The run support was more than enough for the Union pitching staff to work with from there on out, as the combination of starter Drew Hillard and reliever Trey Alexander combined to allow just six hits on the afternoon.

Overall, six players in the Union lineup had multiple-hit games, paced by designated hitter Zach Dillman and left fielder Nelson Price. Price went 3-for-5 on the day, with three runs scored and five RBI, three of which came on a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Meanwhile, Dillman went 4-for-5 with two RBI.

Also, second baseman Ben Hartley had a big day batting ninth in the lineup, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Miguel Mendez was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored, while Tyler Young went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Tyler Brake rounded out the players with multiple hit games, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the mound, Alexander (4-0) earned the win, tossing five innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits. Hillard was solid in his start, striking out five in four innings of work.

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