Softball - Sat, Feb. 12, 2011
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WALESKA, Ga. -- The Union College softball team went 1-2 on the day at the Reinhardt Classic on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs shutout Emmanuel in their lone win, 7-0, but dropped two games to Thomas, 6-4 in game one and 5-4 in game two in nine innings.

With the results, the Lady Bulldogs are now 1-4 on the season.

In Union's win over Emmanuel, junior Abby Sears led the way, hurling a complete game shutout to earn her and the Lady Bulldogs their first wins of the 2011 season. Sears gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out 11 in the victory.

At the plate, Union recorded 13 hits in the win. Sears led the Lady Bulldogs at the dish as well, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Meanwhile, Hillary Leftrick also went 3-for-4 with three stole bases, while Ashley Tatman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

In the first game of the day against Thomas, Union was hampered by mistakes in a 6-4 loss. In the defeat, four of Thomas' runs in the contest were unearned, while they scored all six runs with two outs on the board.

The Lady Bulldogs still had nine hits in the loss, as Leftrick had two hits and an RBI single, while Falon Catalano also had two hits with a double and two RBI. In the circle, Katie Perkins was the loser for Union, going five innings and giving up six runs (two earned).

The final game of the afternoon for Union was a close one, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaker in extras to Thomas.

Things got interesting in the sixth with Union down 2-0, as the Lady Bulldogs knotted the game up at two to eventually force extra innings. In the top of the eighth and with international tiebreaker rules in effect, Union scored two quick runs to take a 4-2 lead and threatened to put the game out of reach with the bases loaded and no outs. Taylor, however, wiggled out of the jam, as the Lady Bulldogs were unable to plate another run in the inning.

Taylor took advantage, as they rallied to score two runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to extend the game. After Union stranded a runner at third in the top half of the ninth, Taylor won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly.

In the loss, Catalano, who started the game and pitched eight innings, had a double and an RBI, while Tatman scored three runs. Alissa Hampton was the hard-luck loser in the circle, only pitching the ninth for Union.

Union returns to action on Wednesday when they host Georgetown in the squad's 2011 home opener. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at Union Field.