BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union scored early on often as the Bulldogs cruised to an 8-2 victory over visiting Cincinnati Clermont (Ohio) on Wednesday, extending their win streak to four.
Union now stands at 21-7 overall, while Clermont is 6-5.
LaVance Anderson (SR/Bowling Green, Ky.) was the offensive star of the day, going 4-for-4 with a walk, a double and four runs scored. Nelson Price (JR/Burkesville, Ky.) was the only other Bulldog with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Anderson got the going in the first with a lead-off single. After a sac bunt and a stolen base to move him to third, he scored on a two-out single by Price to make it 1-0.
The Bulldogs took advantage of some Cougar miscues in the second to put up a four-spot. J.D. Burrell (JR/Amanda, Ohio) lined a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 before Union loading the bases with two outs. Clermont looked as if it was going to get out of the inning with a groundball to short, but an error allowed a run to score and keep the inning alive. The final two runs crossed the plate thanks to a pair of wild pitches, upping Union's lead to 5-0.
In the fourth, Anderson scored on a Miguel Mendez (SR/Lansing, Mich.) fielder's choice and a John Wilson (JR/Manchester, Ky.) RBI double made it 7-0.
Both teams scored in the eighth, and Clermont scratched out one final run in the ninth to make the final 8-2.
Alex Fuller (SO/Franklin, Ky.) improved to 2-0 on the season, tossing two shutout innings in relief. He allowed three hits and no walks.
By the Numbers
- The four hits and four runs scored by Anderson are the most by a Bulldog this season.
- The four-run second inning adds to Union's dominance in that frame. The Bulldogs have outscored the opposition 31-11 in the second this season.
- Despite outhit 10-7, Clermont left 10 men on base. Union stranded only nine.
- Union has won seven of its last eight games and 13 of its last 15.
Union returns to Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Saturday and Sunday when it hosts Montreat (N.C.) for a three-game series. Both Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single, nine-inning game have a 1 p.m. first pitch.