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Union Triples Pleasure, Beats Cumberlands 18-6

WILLIAMSBURGS, Ky. - No. 12 Union won its second game in a row as it took advantage of eight errors to roll to an 18-6 victory over host Cumberlands (Ky.) on Tuesday.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 5-6 overall, while the Patriots fall to 7-7.

Cumberlands committed eight errors, resulting in 10 unearned runs for Union.

Down 2-1 after the first, Union took advantage of back-to-back errors to scratch out a pair of runs in the second to grab a 3-2 lead.

It remained a one-run game until the fifth when Union put together a three-run rally. Donnie Popham (Louisville, Ky.) had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single to make it 5-2.

Union continued to pile on the runs, scoring three in sixth, two in both the seventh and eighth and five more in ninth. Cumberlands had two-run rallies in the seventh and ninth.

Popham finished the game going 2-for-5 with four RBIs, while Tim DeVito (Glendale, Ariz.) went 3-for-6 with three RBIs. Clay Ragland (Chillicothe, Ohio) was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Vance Sullivan (Verona, Ky.) knocked in three runs as well.

Taylor Eikenberry (Rock Falls, Ill.) picked up the win to improved to 2-1. He tossed two innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and one walk with a strikeout.

Union returns to action Friday when it plays host to No. 25 Taylor in a doubleheader at 12 p.m.

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