BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Tim DeVito turned in a 10-strikeout, complete-game victory in guiding the Union baseball team to a 5-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Point (Ga.) on Friday.
This was the fourth consecutive conference game the Bulldogs have had a pitcher toss a complete-game victory. During the stretch, Union has outscored its opponents 20-3.
Making his first start of the year, DeVito (Glendale, Ariz.) posted career highs in strikeouts and innings pitched (nine) in registering his first-ever complete game. He gave up eight hits and three walks but worked himself out of several jams in notching the shutout.
In the fifth, Point had runners on second and third with no outs and looked to cut into Union's 2-0 lead. DeVito, though, got the next two batters to strike out and pop up. After a walk to load the bases, DeVito got Jake Cavender to hit into the fielder's choice to end the threat.
Point put a pair of runners on in both the seventh and ninth innings, but DeVito worked out of both jams by forcing groundouts.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog offense provided enough support to give DeVito all the cushion he needed. Union struck early, scoring two runs in the first with Clay Ragland (Chillicothe, Ohio) and Joe Engle (Sidney, Ohio) each picking up RBIs.
In the fifth, Arthur Dockery (Detroit, Mich.) singled in DeVito to make it a 3-0 contest. The Bulldogs collected doubles from Cory Perreault (Phoenix, Ariz.), Dockery and Engle in the seventh to push two more runs across, making it 5-0.
DeVito took care of the rest.
Dockery led Union offensively going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Ragland went 2-for-3 with a RBI, and Engle finished 1-for-4 with two driven in.
Union and Point will complete the three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.