DAYTON, Tenn. - Union College softball player Jamie Cyrus broke a school record hitting three home runs, and matched a school record with seven RBI, helping the Lady Bulldogs snap an 11-game losing streak with a wild 13-11 victory in eight innings over Bryan (Tenn.) in the second game of an AAC doubleheader on Monday. Bryan took the first game of the double-dip, 6-3.
With the results, UC went to 11-21 overall, 3-9 in the AAC, while Bryan went to 14-18, 6-8 in the AAC.
After suffering a three-run loss in game one, UC appeared to be on their way to getting swept, as Bryan leaped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning.
But, UC gradually began chipping away, and trailed 6-2 in the fourth after Cyrus hit her first homer of the game in the frame, a solo shot with one out.
In the fifth, the Lady Bulldog exploded for five runs to go ahead 7-6. Cyrus went long again in the inning, smacking a two-run round tripper over the center field fence with two outs, giving UC the one run lead.
However, Bryan came storming back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs to go up 9-7. The lead held going into the top of the seventh, where UC was down to their last at-bats.
To start the seventh, the Lady Bulldogs quickly loaded the bases, and Cyrus brought them all home with one swing. The go-ahead grand slam home run gave Union a 11-9 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.
But, Bryan once again stormed back, scoring two runs with two outs to tie the game at 11-11, and send it into extras. In the top of the eighth, UC finally put Bryan away, scoring twice to go up 13-11. Bryan failed to make a comeback in the bottom half of the frame, as the Lady Bulldogs snapped a long losing streak with a two-run victory.
In game one, the Lady Bulldogs were hampered by a slow start and mistakes, as Bryan jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one, and never looked back in the three-run win.
In the loss, UC made four errors total, three of which came in the four-run first inning by Bryan. Overall, Danielle Borum was the only Lady Bulldog to have a multiple hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
In the circle, Katie Perkins started her first game in over two weeks, and was the hard luck loser (7-7), as she gave up just two earned runs in a complete game effort.
By the Numbers
- With her grand slam homer in the seventh, Cyrus broke the Union College program record for most home runs hit in a single game with three. The previous record of two was held by two players - Ashley Tatman, who accomplished the feat in 2010, and Gina Loflin, who did it twice in her career (2010, 2012).
- Cyrus tied Abby Sears' most RBI in one game with seven. Sears set the record in a game vs. King (Tenn.) in 2010
- Cyrus' grand slam in the seventh inning was the third in program history. Suzanah Behnken hit the first in 2008 versus Bluefield (Va.), while Brooklyn Hesterberg hit the second last season at Montreat (N.C.).
- With her three home run outing in game two, Cyrus became the first NAIA softball player to hit three homers in one game since Christen Kirchner of Central Baptist (Ark.) accomplshed the feat on Apr. 30, 2011 against Crowley's Ridge College (Ark.).
The Lady Bulldogs go on the road for an out-of-conference doubleheader Tuesday at Lincoln Memorial. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.