BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a thrilling 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Minnesota, Crookston on Sunday at Union Field. UMC came back in game two, recording a 5-4 win after holding off a late Lady Bulldog rally.
With the results, UC moved to 8-10 on the year, while UMC went to 1-3 with the split.
In game one, Union took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, and appeared to be on their way to cruising to a win heading into the sixth inning as they still held the two-run lead.
UMC, however, scored a pair of runs in the top half of the inning to knot the game up at two. In the bottom half of the inning, Union started off with back-to-back singles, then Brianna Degennaro recorded what turned out to be the game-winning hit, an RBI single up the middle to give UC a one-run lead.
UMC threatened in the top half of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with two outs. But, UC starter Katie Perkins wiggled her way out of the jam, ending the contest on a groundout.
Overall in game one, Ashley Wojnowski (2-for-3) and Alissa Hampton (2-for-3) had multiple hit games, with Degennaro, Danielle Borum, and Cameron Campbell recording RBI hits. Perkins (6-3) was the winner in the pitching circle, tossing a complete game with six strikeouts. UMC’s Paige Schaust (0-1) took the loss for the Golden Eagles.
In game two, Union held a 2-1 lead entering the top of the fifth, scoring a go-ahead run in the bottom half of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, and with the bases loaded, UMC’s Ashley Manusos’ smacked a bases clearing RBI double down the left field line to give the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead entering the sixth.
UMC’s added another run in the top of the sixth to go up 5-2, but UC did not go out quietly, scoring two runs in the sixth to cut the UMC lead down to a run entering the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, and after two quick outs, UC got runners on the corners after a walk and an error. But, UMC forced a hard groundout to end it, earning the doubleheader split in the process.
Overall in the second game, Degennaro was the only Union player in the lineup to have a multiple hit game, going 2-for-2, as the Lady Bulldogs mustered just five hits in the contest. In the circle, Gianna Schauer (3-6) took the loss for UC, while Crookston’s Stacey Marcum (1-1) was the winner, while Ciara Rivera (1) earned the save.