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Union baseball jumps out to 12-1 start with weekend sweep


Jared Davis

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/27/2010 - The Union (Tenn.) University baseball team finished a three-game weekend sweep over Huntington (Ind.) University on Saturday. Union held off the Foresters 7-6 for the win on Saturday. Union is now 12-1 on the season, while Huntington dropped to 1-3.

Union took the double-header on Friday, winning 6-4 and 12-3.

It took five Union pitchers but the Bulldogs held Huntington at bay after both teams scored early. Union again used the first inning to their advantage with four runs to take the early 4-0 lead. Through 13 games this season, Union has scored 30 first inning runs for an average of 2.3 runs per first inning.

However, Union did not enjoy the cushion for long as Huntington rallied with four runs of their own in the top of the second. Union answered with a single run in the bottom of the second to regain the lead for good. Two more runs for Union in the fourth put the Bulldogs up 7-4. One run in each the fifth and sixth inning for Huntington made the game interesting down the stretch, but Union’s bullpen held.

Jared Davis, a former USJ pitcher, relieved starter Andrew Hailey in the second inning. Davis (2-0) earned the win with 3.1 innings of work, allowing just one run on six hits and three strikeouts. Cody Dew tossed two-thirds of an inning while Brad Davis pitched three innings of scoreless relief, getting Union into the ninth inning with a lead. After Davis retired a batter and then allowed a single, Kevin Kirksey entered the game. Kirksey retired two batters, allowing just one hit for the save, his first of the season.

Union managed just six hits total on the day, but benefited from five walks, five hit batters and four Huntington errors. Corey Rudolph led the way with a 2-for-4 afternoon, scoring two runs. Alex Turner was 1-for-3 with a team high two RBI.

Up next for Union will be a road game on Tuesday at Rhodes (Tenn.) College, before hosting No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) University on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

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