LEBANON, Tenn. - The Union College softball team dropped a pair of games on the road at Cumberland (Tenn.) in NAIA action on Tuesday, losing game one, 2-0, while falling in a tough game two, 5-4.
With the losses, the Bulldogs fell to 2-4 overall on the year, while Cumberland improved to 2-0 with the victories.
In the first game, the Bulldogs struggled to muster much of anything on the offensive end, as Union recorded just four hits in the two-run shutout loss.
For the second straight game, starting pitcher Rachel Cogdill (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed a solid game despite earning a loss (1-2), allowing just two runs on three hits in six innings of work. However, CU's Courtney Maynard was just as impressive, earning the win after striking out three and not allowing a walk in a complete game win.
Union was led at the plate in game one by Tiffanie Moore (Maryville, Tenn.), who went 2-for-3
In the second game, the Bulldogs dug themselves out of an early hole, but fell just short in a tough one run defeat.
Cumberland leaped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three times off Union starter Gianna Schauer (Las Vegas, Nev.). The Bulldogs finally cracked the scoreboard for the first time on the afternoon in the top of the third, as Ashley Wojnowski (Sevierville, Tenn.) knocked Cogdill home on a RBI single, cutting the Cumberland lead down to 3-1.
But, in the bottom half of that inning, CU took back a three-run lead with another run off of Schauer to go up 4-1. The Bulldogs, however, fought all the way back in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs to tie the game at 4-4. The big hit in the inning was tallied by Andrea Foster (Harriman, Tenn.), who smacked a three-RBI double with the bases loaded, tying the score up at four-all.
The host Bulldogs, however, took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and shut down the Union offense in the final two innings to pull out a one-run victory.
In the pitching circle, Megan Baldwin (London, Ky.) (1-2) was credited with the defeat after allowing the eventual game-winning run in the fifth. CU's Jessica Lozano (1-0) earned the win after not allowing a hit in three and two-thirds innings of relief work.
The Bulldogs return home on Thursday, hosting Tennessee Temple at Union Field. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.