Softball - Fri, May 1, 2009
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Fifth-seeded Union College made a run, however the Lady Bulldogs were defeated by third-seeded UVa-Wise 10-0 in the 2009 Appalachian Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Championship Friday.

Union advanced to the championship game after defeating Covenant (Ga.) College 1-0 in the losers' bracket final.

The 2009 season ended for Union at 27-25.

A nine-run opening inning made the difference for UVa-Wise (31-15 overall). Only the first run was an earned run charged to Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.). Driver recorded two outs and allowed nine runs in all. She allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Alice Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) collected Union's only hit coming in the fourth inning. She went 2-for-4 in the Covenant contest as well.

UVa-Wise's Lauren Snead went five innings and struck out six Union batters.

Bobbi Mihelarakis went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Seven UVa-Wise starters had a hit.

A sacrifice fly from Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) in Union's half of the fifth scored Mallory Lavoy (Temperance, Mich.) and proved to be enough to defeat Covenant. Lavoy started the inning with a double to left field.

Abby Sears (London, Ky.) went all seven innings and struck out five in her seventh shutout this season. Covenant only connected for four hits. With the bat, she recorded a career-high three hits including a double.

Two of Covenant's hits came from Kim Cuticchia. Covenant finished the year 18-19 overall.

LeeAnn Moody was the losing pitcher as she allowed eight hits.

Lady Bulldog Notes

  • For the second consecutive year Union finished second in the AAC Tournament.
  • Union allowed double-digit runs only once during the regular season.
  • The one hit is the fewest by the Union offense in 2009.
  • The Lady Bulldogs went 21-1 when leading after six innings.