BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College baseball team split with No. 10 University of Northwestern Ohio Racers on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the Racers in game one 2-0 before falling in game two 7-4.
With the split, Union moves to 4-1 overall, while Northwestern Ohio moves to 4-3-1 on the year.
GAME ONE – UNION 2, NORTHWESTERN OHIO 0
The Bulldogs got on the board early in the bottom of the first, scoring off an RBI single from Daniel Neal. The bats were quiet from the Bulldogs until the bottom of the fifth inning when Union loaded the bases on a walk, a single and another walk. With bases loaded, Neal scored on a passed ball to finish game one of the series 2-0.
BULLDOG OF THE GAME
AJ Villa threw a complete game, his first of the season while striking out nine batters and allowing just three hits. Villa earned his second win of the year.
“We competed in all seven innings and were locked in on the field and at the plate.,” said Villa. “My defense was making plays for me all over the field and Pudge (Morgan) did an amazing job behind the plate. The offense was able to put some hits together and get us the win”.
GAME TWO – NORTHWESTERN OHIO 7, UNION 4
Union started off the second game with a two-run single from Neal to put the Bulldogs on top 2-0, but the lead was short lived as the Racers scored five runs at the top of the second. In the fourth inning, each team collected a run as Jake Mendoza scored on a ground out to short. In the fifth inning, Neal continued to shine earning his third RBI, bringing in Nick Shumaker with a double down left-field line to make 6-4. The Racers scored the final run of the game as Cam Shannon hit his first home run of the season on a full count, sealing the 7-4 decision.
Designated heater Neal led Union going 2-for-4 on the day with three RBIs and a double.
Shumaker and Sinjin Shoop each went 1-for-3 in the game with one run scored apiece.
On the mound, relief pitcher McKinley Sewell struck out three batters.
Union concludes its series with University of Northwestern Ohio with an 11 a.m. matinee on Sunday.