Softball - Sat, Apr. 17, 2010
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Game 1
9 Innings
Game 2
Virginia Intermont

BRISTOL, Va. - The Union College Lady Bulldog's dropped a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference contests this afternoon to Virginia Intermont College, 6-5 (9 innings) and 8-4 on the strength of eight Union College errors.

With the losses, Union drops to .500 on the year at 15-15 (7-7 AAC) while the Lady Cobra's improve to 17-23 (9-7 AAC) on the 2010 campaign.

Game one saw the Lady Bulldog's send the recently dominant Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) to the circle, as she looked to extend her scoreless innings streak, currently sitting at 21.

The Lady Bulldogs struck first, plating three runs in the third inning. Virginia Intermont responded in the bottom half of the frame, plating two and snapping the scoreless innings streak of Driver at 23.

Union carried a one run lead into the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Cobra's pulled even in the frame to send the contest into extra innings.

The Lady Bulldog's pushed across a run in the ninth, but Virginia Intermont bounced back, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

Sarah Driver (9-6) shouldered the loss as she tossed eight and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits, while walking two and fanning eight. Driver also had a solid game from the dish, going 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) did the most damage offensively for the Lady Bulldog's, as she went 2-for-4 with three RBI's. Lee Davis (Lexington, Ky.) also turned in a nice effort, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss.

Game two was nip and tuck until the fifth inning when the Lady Bulldog's plated two runs to claim a 4-2 advantage, but the lead didn't last. Virginia Intermont pushed across six runs in the bottom half of the frame, thanks in part to four errors by the Lady Bulldog's.

Union tried to get back into the contest, but the devastating fifth inning was too much to overcome as the Lady Cobra's finished the sweep, 8-4.

Abby Sears (London, Ky.) (6-7) was the tough luck looser as the sophomore pitched all six innings, giving up just three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six.

Sears pulled her weight offensively, going 4-for-4 in the night-cap with two RBI's.

Sarah Driver turned another solid offensive effort on the day, ripping a double and a scoring a run while going 2-for-4.

Gina Loflin had another impressive game from the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Also aiding the Lady Bulldog attack was Lee Davis, as the senior went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) who went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

The Lady Bulldog's return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they will travel to Montreat College to complete the AAC weekend tilts. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.