BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Brandon Hedrick continues to impress on the mound as he fanned 11 batters Friday in leading No. 16 Union to a 4-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Covenant (Ga.).
Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) lasted seven innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter in improving to 2-0 on the season. In three games this season, Hedrick boasts a 3.20 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings of work.
Earlier this season, Hedrick tied the program record for strikeouts in a game with 12.
With the win, Union is now 6-5 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Covenant falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the AAC.
These two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
The Bulldog offense is still looking to get going as the team had as many stolen bases as hits in the game with five apiece. Ryan Satterlee (Youngstown, Ohio) went 1-for-2 with a run scored, two walks and three stolen bases. Freshman Tyler Brake (Burlington, Ky.) finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
In the bottom of the first, Union pushed two runs across with only one hit but took advantage of two walks and had three stolen bases in the frame. With one out, Satterlee walked before swiping second and third. Michael Adams (Tega Kay, S.C.) grounded out two second to allow Satterlee to come home for the game's first run. After Hedrick walked, courtesy runner Anthony Musgrove (Pine Knot, Ky.) stole second before scoring on a Brake single to right for a 2-0 advantage.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, and Covenant cut the margin to 3-2 in the fifth on a Harrison Fisher RBI double down the right-field line.
Union tacked on an insurance run in the eighth as Brake singled in pinch-runner Ben Hartley (Lexington, Ky.) for a 4-2 cushion.
Covenant made things interesting in the ninth as it put runners on first and second with one out. However, reliever Jason Parsons (Hamilton, Ohio) got James Rollins to fly out and Kevin Wilson to go down swinging to end the game.
Parsons collected his second save of the season, tossing two innings and allowing no runs on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Fisher led the Scot offense in going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI.
Tyler Smith suffered the loss as he lasted six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits four walks with one strikeout.