Softball - Wed, Mar. 2, 2011
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Game 1
Game 2
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. -- Union College pitcher Falon Catalano earned the first win of her UC career in a 3-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Campbellsville Wednesday at Union Field. The Lady Bulldogs dropped game two to the Lady Tigers, 9-0 to split the doubleheader.

With the results, Union goes to 3-8 on the year, while Campbellsville goes to 3-10.

In game one, Campbellsville struck first in the top of the third when Alex Jane Clemmons hit a bloop RBI single into left with two outs, scoring Kacie Vincent to give the Lady Tigers the early 1-0 lead. In the first four innings, Union was having trouble at the plate against Lady Tiger starter Courtney Turpin, as the Lady Bulldogs did not record a hit in the first three innings of play.

But, in the fourth, Union finally broke through, when Autumn Greenwell smacked an RBI double to right center. Ashley Tatman (who led the inning off with a hit by pitch) scored on the play to knot the game up at one.

After Union stranded two runners on base in the inning, Campbellsville threatened to threatened to take the lead back in the top half of the fifth, but with two outs and a runner on third base, left fielder Whitley Cochran made a diving catch in the gap to end the threat and get Catalano out of the inning unscathed.

In the bottom half of that inning, Union scored the go-ahead runs, with Bethany Rogers scoring on a wild pitch and Cochran scoring after an RBI ground out by Tatman. It was all the runs the Lady Bulldogs needed the rest of the way, as Catalano wiggled out of jams in both the sixth and seventh innings to earn the win. In the sixth with two outs and the bases loaded, Catalano forced Jordan Cornett to fly out, then in the seventh with runners on first and second and with two outs, she ended the game with a strike out of Alyssa Barker.

Overall in game one, Cochran, Tatman and Greenwell recorded hits at the plate, with Tatman and Greenwell each had RBI. Hillary Leftrick also had two walks in the victory.

In the circle, Catalano was the complete game winner (1-1), going all seven innings, giving up a run (unearned) on seven hits, while striking out six and surrendering just one walk. Turpin (2-8) was the loser for the Lady Tigers after going six innings and striking out six.

In game two, Campbellsville struck early and often, as they coasted to the 9-0 win.

Union was hampered in the contest by several errors (three in all) and at the dish failed to muster much of anything offensively against Campbellsville starter Taylor Wroe, as the Lady Bulldogs had just two hits in the second game. Wroe (1-2) was the winner for the Lady Tigers, going four full and striking out two, while Katie Perkins took the loss for Union (1-4) after giving up five runs (two earned) in four innings of work.

Union returns to action on Monday when they travel to Pikeville for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.