Softball - Sat, Mar. 20, 2010
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Game 1
Game 2

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College split a pair of games Saturday afternoon with Reinhardt College in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.

The Lady Bulldogs dropped the opening tilt, 7-0, but stormed back to take the second game 3-2.

With today's results, Union moves to 7-7 (1-1 AAC) while Reinhardt now sits at 20-7 (3-1 AAC).

The Lady Eagle's wasted no time taking control of game one as it plated three in the opening frame thanks in part to two Lady Bulldog errors.

Reinhardt then increased its lead to 4-0 in the second inning on an Andrea Thibaudeau single, scoring Lindsey Booker.

Sophomore Abby Sears (London, Ky.) seemed to have figured out the Lady Eagles offensive attack, holding Reinhardt to just three hits over the next three innings, but a costly error in the sixth inning opened the door for the opposition to push across two more runs, increasing its lead to 6-0.

Union seemed to get the offense rolling in the final inning as the Bulldogs had runners on first and second with just one out, but a line drive snag by the third baseman Sarah Brown off the bat of Autumn Greenwell (Hopkinsville, Ky.) was turned into a game ending double play when Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) was nabbed off of second base.

With the loss, Abby Sears record in the circle falls to 3-3.

Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.), Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.), Gina Loflin, Abby Sears and sophomore Morgan Brown (Waynesburg, Ky.) all recorded a hit in contest.

The Lady Bulldogs put the pressure on Reinhardt early in game two, as Union loaded the bases in the second inning with no outs. Ashley Tatman (Lexington, Ky.) then stepped up and ripped a single, scoring Gina Loflin to take the early lead.

Morgan Brown then grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Abby Sears to push the early advantage to 2-0.

Reinhardt again benefitted from a pair of Union errors in the top of the third to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.

The hurlers dominated the majority of the game as neither pitcher gave up a hit from the bottom of the third through the top of the sixth inning.

Sarah Driver led off the bottom of the sixth inning, crushing a triple down the left field line, ending the offensive drought for both ball clubs. Gina Loflin followed up with a single of her own to center field, plating Driver to put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-1 heading into the final frame.

Driver entered the seventh inning holding Reinhardt to just one hit in the game. The Lady Eagles seemed to rise to the occasion, scoring one in the inning on three hits, but the lead along with Driver's dominance was too much to overcome as Union earned the win, 3-2.

The three hits given up in the final inning by Driver were the first hits for Reinhardt since the second inning.

Gina Loflin finished the contest 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Ashley Tatman went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and Morgan Brown added the other RBI for Union.

Abby Sears finished the contest going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Sarah Driver tossed all seven innings, giving up four hits and an earned run while striking out five batters. She also turned in a solid day from the dish, going 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Union returns to action for a double header against Campbellsville on Monday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Union Field.