BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College softball team split a doubleheader against Cumberlands (Ky.) Tuesday at Union Field, winning game one, 8-5, while losing game two, 10-7.
With the spilt, Union moved to 1-1, while Cumberlands went to 1-3.
In game one, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a quick start at the plate to take a 7-0 lead after four innings. But, Cumberlands rallied over the final few innings, and had the bases loaded with two outs, down three runs in the bottom of the seventh. UC starter Katie Perkins, however, forced a out at third base to end the game.
Overall, catcher Cameron Campbell led UC in the game one, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Perkins (1-0) picked up the win in the circle, tossing a complete game.
Game One - Turning Point
Union went up 3-0 after the first three innings, and essentially put the game away with a big four run, fourth inning, extending the lead out to 7-0 over the Lady Patriots. Erin Cooper, Rachel Cogdill, and Ashley Wojnowski all had RBI hits in the frame.
In game two, it was Cumberlands who leaped out to a 5-0 lead, smashing two home runs against starter Cogdill. Union, however, slowly came back, and took a 7-5 lead going into the top of the sixth.
There, Cumberlands scored four critical runs off reliever Gianna Schauer to go up 9-7. The Lady Patriots added another run in the top of the seventh, and shut down the Union line-up in the bottom half to salvage the split.
Overall, three Union players had multiple hits in the game - Wojnowski (2-for-3 with two runs scored), Danielle Bourn (2-for-4, RBI), and Autumn Greenwell (2-for-4, RBI). Schauer, a freshman, took the loss in the circle for Union (0-1), while Cumberlands’ Ashleigh Hopf (1-1) was the winner, tossing three innings of scoreless relief.
Game Two - Turning Point
Down 7-5 entering the top of the sixth (and with Union scoring seven runs in a row), Cumberlands picked themselves up and scored four runs in the frame to go up two. Schauer, who did not get in any trouble before the inning, was pulled during it after surrendering four runs on five hits.
By the Numbers
• Union Interim Head Coach Becky Bishop picked up the first win of her coaching career with the Lady Bulldogs’ victory in game one.
• The Lady Bulldogs smacked 18 hits in the doubleheader, and had seven extra base hits. Campbell alone had three doubles on the day, two of which came in game one.
• Speedster Wojnowski picked up where she left off last season in the stolen base department, going two-for-two in attempts on the afternoon.
• The victory in game one was the first for the Lady Bulldogs in their season opening game since 2010, an 8-0 win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) in five innings
The Lady Bulldogs host Grace (Ind.) and Berea (Ky.) at Union Field on Friday afternoon in a pair of games. The Grace game is set to start at 1 p.m., with the Berea game scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.