Softball - Thu, Mar. 24, 2011
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BARBOURVILLE,  Ky. -- The Union College softball team dropped a 12-4 decision to the University of the Cumberlands on Thursday afternoon at soggy Union field. Only one game of the scheduled doubleheader was played, as game two was canceled due to inclement weather.

With the loss, Union dropped 13-14 on the year, while University of the Cumberlands improved to 9-15.

After a scoreless first, Cumberlands was first to strike on the scoreboard, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. Union, however, stormed back with single runs in the bottom half of that frame and in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit down to 3-2.

In the second, Rachel Cogdill roped an RBI single through the right side with two outs, scoring Ashley Tatman who reached base on a single earlier in the inning. In the third, Abby Sears hit a sacrifice RBI fly to right, scoring Hillary Leftrick, who stole second and reached third on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk.

After Cumberlands added a single run in the fourth to make it 4-2, Union knotted the game up at four in the bottom half. Whitley Cochran and Leftrck each had two out, RBI infield singles in the frame, scoring Cogdill and Alissa Hampton. After a scoreless fifth by both teams, the game remained tied at four going into the top of the sixth.

Here, the Patriots took control of the game, scoring six runs on five hits to take a 10-4 lead. Union was also hampered in the inning by errors, as the Lady Bulldogs made three in the frame. After a scoreless sixth by Union, Cumberlands added two more runs to in the top half of the seventh to increase their lead to eight and put the game out of Union's reach.

Overall, Tatman, Cogdill and Hampton all went 2-for-3 at the dish and scored a run, with Cogdill recording an RBI. Leftrick was 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and four stolen bases,  while Sears was 1-for-2 with an RBI. In the pitching circle, Powers (2-1) took the loss after going the distance. Of the 12 runs given up by the freshman on the day, only four were earned, as the Lady Bulldogs had a frustrating day defensively, committing seven errors.

The winner in the circle for Cumberlands was Angela Steuer (6-6) who went all seven innings, striking out four. Tabitha Benson led the Patriots at the plate on the day, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI, three of which came on a go ahead three-run homer in the sixth.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when they open Appalachian Athletic Conference play against Virgnia Intermont. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.